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Educational Resources for Preservice Anesthesia Training Programs in Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Authors Yetneberk T, Woldegerima Y, Getnet H, Mollalign M, Firde M, Moore JN

Received 10 November 2020

Accepted for publication 5 January 2021

Published 26 January 2021 Volume 2021:12 Pages 99—103


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Azim Majumder

Tikuneh Yetneberk,1 Yophtahe Woldegerima,2 Habtamu Getnet,2 Mamaru Mollalign,2 Meseret Firde,1 Jolene N Moore3

1Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Debre Tabor University, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia; 2Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia; 3College of Life Sciences & Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Correspondence: Tikuneh Yetneberk
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Debre Tabor University, PO Box 272, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia
Tel +251923525309

Background: Across low and middle-income countries, shortages of essential equipment, supplies, and human resources in health training institutions pose a problem to educational program delivery. With the rapid expansion of anesthesia training programs to address the shortages in anesthesia workforce, the need for educational resources has also grown. This study sought to evaluate the availability of educational resources within anesthesia degree programs in Ethiopia.
Methods: Utilizing the Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency of Ethiopia standards, a questionnaire survey was designed and distributed to schools of anesthesia in the Amhara region. A total of 96 standard indicators were used to assess the attainment of preservice educational resources for non-physician anesthesia degree programs, of which 71 (74%) were basic standards and 25 (26%) were standards for quality improvement.
Results: Two of the six institutions delivering anesthesia training in the Amhara region responded to the questionnaire. Neither the basic nor the quality improvement standard requirements for educational resources were completely achieved in any category of classrooms, offices, skills laboratory, clinical practice site, information technology facilities, library, student amenities, or financial resource. The target achievement rate was 50% or below in all but one category (clinical practice site).
Conclusion: Educational resources for responding preservice anesthesia training programs in the Amhara region of Ethiopia are inadequate and below the required national standards. Expansion of anesthesia training programs should be accompanied by the necessary resources for high quality program delivery and to ensure quantity does not compromise on quality.

Keywords: health education, anesthesia training, preservice education

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