SAMSS conducted a survey of all medical schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the survey was to establish the current status of medical education in the region and identify trends, key areas of need, and opportunities for capacity building and retention. The University of Pretoria partnered with the George Washington University and the SAMSS Advisory Committee in the development, implementation, and analysis of the medical school survey.
The University of Pretoria team was led by Dr. Eric Buch, who is currently the dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Pretoria. Dr. Buch is also Health Advisor to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
Implementation of the survey, which concluded in 2010, went extremely well. Across all linguistic groups and geographic regions, the response rate was over 70%, which is excellent for a continent-wide institutional survey. Many of the major conclusions of the SAMSS report
and the accompanying 2011 article in The Lancet
were supported by information gathered in this survey. A more extended compilation of findings from the survey was published as a 2012 article in the journal Human Resources for Health
. Please contact us
with specific questions on the survey.
The original SAMSS survey form can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format here