Replication of PBMOTP

Although the committee believes that PBMOTP was a remarkable success, it does not see any current application for replication of such a program within the mainland United States. It does believe, however, that the model would serve other developing nations well as they seek to train indigenous people to be health care practitioners. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Agency for International Development are encouraged to share information about the program's design and curriculum with officials in those developing countries. The following aspects of PBMOTP are especially worthy of duplication:

  • having community leaders nominate students,
  • using a problem-based teaching approach,
  • emphasizing the development of clinical skills from the start of the program, and
  • using an approach that allows student to climb a career ladder as they increase their skill levels.

However, if such a program were to be replicated, the committee recommends working more closely with existing local educational institutions rather than setting up completely new—but temporary—institutions.

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