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Approach to Training and Workforce Development

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The Mentorship Way

The CIHEB approach to health workforce development centers on a model that emphasizes one-on-one learning. 

Our training approach emphasizes hands-on mentorship from skilled, experienced practitioners over large-scale didactic lectures. Trainee personnel are matched to their professional counterparts by cadre to maximize the transfer of knowledge, skills and competencies on an individual health worker basis.

CIHEB emphasizes training within service delivery contexts to develop practice-ready health workers uniquely trained for their local service contexts and employs different training models to enhance long term retention of transferred capacity.

Self Directed Development

CIHEB believes that the most effective healthcare practitioners are life-long learners able to self-monitor, direct and continuously access and digest medical information throughout their careers.

CIHEB incorporates within its training packages unique modules that build students' abilities to access information from sources outside traditional classrooms. It also fosters in its trainees the skills and expertise to effectively seek and sort through vast amounts of information available through the Internet.

Trainees are taught how to carry out robust individual research and peer review, as well as methods for incorporating newly acquired knowledge into their daily work and experiences.

Inter-professional, Integrated Learning

Modeled after the multidisciplinary approach employed at the University of Maryland Medical Center, CIHEB facilitates a team-based approach to clinical care that ensures patient centered collaboration and enhances the integration, distribution and effective use of patient information. This approach extends to training as well and inter-professional training sessions are mixed with cadre-specific training to drive the appreciation for and utilization of multi-faceted, holistic solutions to patient care.

This approach is applied to both pre- and in-service training and is used to foster a sustainable culture of collaboration and synergy between different health workers and care teams, especially for the management of chronic conditions demanding long term continuity of care.

Contextually Relevant Capacity Building

CIHEB mentors and trains in facilities as close as possible “contextually” to the health workers anticipated or the current work setting. This ensures real-world application of the knowledge imparted while at the same time minimizing disruptions to care services during in-service training.

Locally relevant guidelines and policies are treated in conjunction with international standards and best practices, and training is adapted to the local health system using specific tools and materials modified to suit the implementation environment and goals. Training is tailored for the health system level at which trainees will function in order to ensure applicability and sustainability.


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Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity
Institute of Human Virology (IHV)
725 West Lombard Steet
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-4613
410-706-1948

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