PERFECT orients Second cohort trainees

On the 26th of May UZCHS held an induction ceremony for its second cohort PERFECT trainees. The new cohort consists of 14 junior faculty trainees drawn from the various departments in the UZCHS including Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics, Dentistry, and Occupational health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. The induction ceremony was held to help the new cohort develop a deeper understanding of the programme goals and objectives as well as service delivery mechanisms or methodologies. Speakers at this colorful event include the Programme Director, Prof J.Hakim, the Dean of UZCHS, Prof MM. Chidzonga, MR A. Matsika the Training Coordinator.
All these welcomed the new cohort and emphasized the need for the trainees to commit themselves to this research capacity building programme in order to enhance their research knowledge and skills. The event was attended by first cohort trainees, PERFECT Secretariat, facilitators, mentors, members of the Steering Committee and Training Advisory Board. more

PERFECT Program to host mentoring training workshop

The PERFECT program will host a mentoring training workshop for faculty and its trainees. Preparations for the workshop to be held over two days from 11-12 August 2017 are already under way. This will be a high-level training expected to be facilitated by both external and local experts from the College. The workshop will see the first day i.e. 11th August being dedicated to all faculty and the 12th August being dedicated to trainees and their mentors. Some of the content to anticipate will include:

  1. Mentoring fundamentals
  2. Opportunities and challenges in Mentoring Health Researchers in the Southern African setting
  3. Barriers to mentoring and solutions
  4. Resources and tools of mentoring
  5. Managing diversity in mentoring, etc

The PERFECT program Training Coordinator indicated that the workshop is open to all faculty from the College and is encouraging them to attend.

PERFECT (Promoting Excellence in Research and Faculty Enhanced Career Training)

is a research capacity building programme which is being implemented by the University of Zimbabwe's College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) with financial support from the Fogarty International Centre of the United States National Institutes of Health (US NIH). The programme builds on the achievements of the MEPI Zimbabwe awards (NECTAR, CHRIS and IMHERZ) which were successfully implemented between 2010 and 2015. The overarching goal of PERFECT is to train a critical mass of 30 junior faculty members over a 5-year period to become competent, independent and collaborative researchers. This goal will be accomplished by extending the research capacity and mentorship programmes developed within the existing MEPI programmes and by continuing strong collaboration with US, UK and African partners which have been integral to the success of the MEPI programmes; through the following objectives:

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The University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences is one of 11 Medical Schools in sub-Saharan Africa who successfully competed for an award by the USA NIH/Fogarty International Center for advanced junior faculty research training. This is a follow-up to the MEPI (Medical Education Partnership Initiative) Program. At the UZCHS this program known as PERFECT (Promoting Excellence in Research and Faculty Enhanced Career Training) will run from 2015 to 2020. The program will support junior academic staff training in advanced research and mentorship and will empower them to pursue careers in research in the following Target Scientific Areas:

  • Women's Health
  • Mental Health
  • Cardiovascular Diseases /Stroke
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Haematology
  • Dental/Craniofacial disorders.....Read more


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