A team of 5 Faculty from the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Nursing will travel to Gondar to deliver four courses to Faculty and graduate students at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The team led by Vice Dean Usha Menon, will travel on January 3rd/2014 to Ethiopia and will conduct training workshops from 6th -15th January 2014. The four courses include Advanced Biostatistics, Basic Life Support, Grant Writing and Evidence Based Practice will be delivered by Professors Usha Menon, Jennifer Kue, Pamela Salsberry, Lynn Gallagher-Ford and Sharon Ryan.
The courses will be given to Faculty mainly in the department of Nursing. Course participants, however, will include Faculty from other academic departments in the College and some nurses from the University referral hospital. The College of Nursing conducted a 2-week course in Research Methods last summer as part of the OSU- Ethiopia One Health Summer Institute and the current trip is an extension of this. The main purpose of this OSU-Ethiopia One Health Winter Extension Institute is to help to build the capacity of Faculty and health professionals at the University of Gondar, which will lead to improvement of the quality of teaching and health services delivery, and increase research skills among faculty. The College of Nursing at OSU and the department of Nursing, University of Gondar are strengthening their partnership; other goals for this visit include strategic meetings on curriculum development, designing masters programs in nursing, and developing faculty and student leadership capacity, building researching collaborations, and planning for an OSU nursing study abroad program in March, 2014. This visit also launches a pioneering initiative of reciprocal faculty appointments. Four faculty: Mr Abebaw Eredie, Mr Berihun Assefa, Mr Mengistu Mekonnen, and Mr Eshetu Haileselassie have been appointed as adjunct Clinical Instructor of Practice at OSU. They will each serve as the faculty liaison for the courses being taught this January. Nursing faculty and leadership at both universities are committed to developing a sustaining collaboration that brings bi-directional benefits to both organizations.
Contributed by: Desalegne Mengesha, Academic Vice President at UoG and a Fulbright Scholar at the Ohio State University and Usha Menon, Vice Dean, College of Nursing, the Ohio State University. January 3/2014.