A New Model for Educational Programming in Global Health Emerges during COVID-19


Journal of Global Health


Natalie Meyers
James Chang
Chao Long

Date Published: February 2021
Training and capacity building
COVID-19 has disrupted in-person medical training worldwide. Although there has been a discussion of innovative educational solutions for high-income country (HIC) trainees, it is lacking for trainees in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is problematic because there is already a shortage of trained medical professionals in LMICs. Additionally, this shortage is felt most acutely in surgery and anesthesia. While one third of the world’s population lives in Africa and southeast Asia, only 12% of the world’s specialist surgeons practice there. In this article, we discuss the impact of COVID-19 on medical and surgical educational programming for trainees in LMICs, and use a case study to provide recommendations.