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GMEC IS SUPPORTED BY THE CARL J. SHAPIRO INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

EDUCATING TOMORROW'S GLOBAL LEADERS IN MEDICINE

 

ABOUT GMEC

Education for all

The Global Medical Education Collaborative (GMEC) partners medical students from low- and middle-income countries with tutors from leading universities and hospitals around the world to create virtual, case-based learning sessions that are free to all. Traditionally, medical education exists in silos; separated by countries, states, individual medical schools, and departments. We aim to disrupt this way of working in isolation and instead promote working together across specialties, borders, and time-zones. 

 

Our virtual tutorials consist of a small group of learners and one tutor, and are centred around relevant clinical topics. This high-quality form of education, modeled at institutions such as Oxford Medical School, allows for a high tutor to student ratio and promotes collaborative learning. Tutors are doctors from leading institutions around the world who are committed to medical education and global health. These sessions allow everyone to bring something to the table, exploring real-world clinical cases that are relevant to students' local context, and allowing for comparisons to be made between management strategies across the globe. This dynamic, learner-driven teaching environment serves as the perfect accompaniment to the excellent teaching provided by local medical schools.

 

We recognize that these are difficult times. Although many medical schools have transitioned to virtual learning, not all medical schools have the resources to provide the same offerings in the virtual classroom. GMEC is committed to ensuring that no medical student has to stop learning. We will continue to offer as many free, accessible tutorials as we can so that every medical student in low- and middle-income countries has access to high-quality virtual education. Now more than ever, global collaboration, evidence-based medicine, and knowledgable providers are essential. The world cannot afford to pause medical school.

Our story

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as for most people, life for co-founders Abu, Morgan, and Natalie turned upside down. Morgan and Natalie, both third year students at Harvard Medical School, went home to take online classes, unable to continue clinical work. Abu, a physician in the NHS in the UK, went to work in a totally new environment at the hospital.

Abu thought back to medical school, when he had returned to his home country of Nigeria for several clinical placements. He reflected on this valuable experience and remembered how he was asked often by both medical students and doctors about how patients would be managed in the UK. He thought of his father, a professor of medicine in Nigeria, and of his father's students, who now were out of school as well due to the pandemic. It was clear that the switch to virtual learning was not as easily attainable in many parts of the world. 

 

Abu, Natalie, and Morgan thought that this tumultuous time could be an opportunity to create opportunities for virtual learning among medical students and doctors from different countries. In April of 2020 they held a series of pilot clinical tutorials for medical students at the University of Ilorin, Abu's father's medical school. To their delight, students were enthusiastic about the opportunity and asked for more sessions. Thanks to the students at University of Ilorin, the Global Medical Education Collaborative was born, and since then has grown to over 500 medical students from over 20 low- and middle-income countries. Over 100 tutors from multiple countries have delivered 200 clinical tutorials. 

This work would not have been possible without the support of medical students from across the globe, tutors from multiple continents, and the GMEC Leadership Team. Learn more about our amazing team members here! We thank you for your interest in GMEC and hope that you'll join us in promoting equity in medical education.

THe world cannot afford to pause medical school

"GMEC is about equity. sharing resources so that medical students in low-resource settings can reach their full potential"

 

-Abu,

gMEC co-founder

Where in the world is GMEC?

Burundi

AZerbaijan

Cameroon

Egypt

Ethiopia

Ghana

THE GAMBIA

Haiti

india

kenya

malaysia

malawi

nigeria

pakistan

the philippines

saudi arabia

rwanda

senegal

sierra leone

somalia

Tanzania

sudan

uganda

zimbabwe

LIBERIA

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BRAZIL

Russia

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UKRAINE

 
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GET INVOLVED

Global Learners

 

Are you a medical student looking for more opportunities to develop your clinical reasoning, diagnostic, and teaching skills? We welcome medical students from low- and middle-income countries to join our free tutorials! As a learner, you will become part of a small group of dedicated medics and meet to work through clinical cases as a group using an online platform (Zoom without video, about 300MB per 1 hour session)

How to join:

1. Complete our brief needs assessment questionnaire (below) so we can learn what your interests are.

2. Use the link at the end of the form to join our WhatsApp group, where you will find links to upcoming tutorials, schedules, and more!

We also use twitter to post updates about new tutorials!

Follow us @gmecollab.

Global Tutors

 

Becoming a tutor is a valuable way to contribute to the development of future physicians around the world. If you are a doctor or a final year medical student, we want to hear from you! Involvement is flexible and can be tailored to meet your scheduling needs. You choose the topic of interest, and in-session learning is driven by learners' questions. Please use the link below to register your interest and we will be in touch with further details.

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OUR TEAM

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Abubakar Abioye,

MA BM BCh (Oxon) MPH (Harvard)

Co-founder

Chief Executive Officer and Chair

Jessy Jindal,

Medical Student

Program Coordinator

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Natalie Posever,

Medical student

Co-founder

President and Chief Operating Officer

Morgan Sehdev,

Medical student

Co-founder

Director of Strategy and Development

Meghavi Mashar,

BM BChir MA (Cantab)

Director of Tutor Engagement

David Launer,

Medical student

Tutor Liaison

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Ruchir Mashar,

MA BM BCh (Oxon) MRCSEd

Director of Studies

Saundarya Monga,

Medical student

Student Liaison Co-chair

Malik Olatunde,

Medical student

Student Liaison Co-chair

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Mariame Sylla,

Medical student

Director of Recruitment

ADVISORS

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Shapiro Institute Advisor

BOARD MEMBERS

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Dr Piers Nye,

MA (Oxon) PhD California

Senior Academic Advisor

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have an idea for a tutorial topic, how can I share this?

We welcome ideas from all participants, both learners and tutors! Please send us your idea by emailing GMECollab@gmail.com.

Is there homework?

There are no formal assignments or preparations for tutorial sessions. Tutors may ask for students to volunteer to present a case, or, if there is interest, to lead a tutorial session and teach your peers. Otherwise, these sessions are meant to simulate your clinical thought process as if you were on the wards taking care of patients, without access to reference material.

Other students at my medical school are interested in participating. How can I tell them about GMEC?

Please direct them to this website! Interested students are welcome to use the form on our Get Involved page to indicate interest, or to email GMECollab@gmail.com with questions. 

 

What year in medical school do I need to be to participate?

Our small group sessions are focused on clinical decision-making and are, therefore, geared towards students who have had some clinical exposure on the wards. However, all are welcome to participate as learners if you'd like to get a jump start and gain additional practise. 

 

To become a tutor, we require that you are in your final year of medical school or beyond.

Does it cost money to join? Do tutors get paid?

Participating as a learner through GMEC is completely free. Tutors participate on a voluntary basis and do not get financial compensation. However, tutors will receive valuable teaching experience and certificates to recognise their hard work and much-needed contribution.

How do I choose the tutorial in which I'll be placed?

Which tutorial you are placed in as a student depends on the availability and offerings of our tutors. As permitted, we will offer you as many choices as we can, however we cannot guarantee that your first choice topic will be offered at the time you wish to start. 

 

GET IN TOUCH

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For any inquiries, questions or comments, please send us an email at GMECollab@gmail.com

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