Professors in Residence
Visiting Scholars Provide Targeted Expertise
The well-documented shortage of faculty and staff at Africa’s medical schools limits the training and development of the next generation of healthcare professionals in Africa. In response, Accordia developed its Professors in Residence (PIR) program, which is designed to supplement and support existing faculty at Accordia’s partner institutes in Africa in order to strengthen their ability to develop world-class physicians and researchers.
Through the PIR program, accomplished international physician-scientists spend 2-4 uninterrupted weeks at selected African universities as supplemental faculty, lecturing, training, and supervising local scholars and clinicians. PIRs spend much of their assignment reviewing the work of research trainees, identifying linkages with other research opportunities, and providing long-term career advice. PIRs make long-term commitments to the universities to allow valuable international mentorship relationships to develop with the local students and faculty.
The strong impact that these well-planned visits have on students, faculty, and staff make the program an essential component of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s goal to strengthen academic medical institutions in Africa. The program offers a compelling approach to improving pre-service training of healthcare providers and ultimately developing local healthcare capacity.