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American Journal of Gastroenterology ; 117(10 Supplement 2):S1098, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2327379


Introduction: Global health (GH) education is expanding and 23.1% of US medical students acquire international health experience prior to postgraduate training. Digestive diseases carry a high global burden. However, few GH programs and professional societies consider the inclusion of gastroenterology into their standard curriculum. In addition, travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought traditional GH rotations to a halt and spurred new educational approaches. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive online learning module on gastroenterology issues in GH for medical students undertaking GH electives. Method(s): A team of faculty and residents was convened between the Center for Community and Global Health and the Division of Gastroenterology. GH curricula across institutions and core competencies across 2 professional societies were examined via literature review. A survey was conducted among 2nd (MS2) and 3rd year medical students (MS3) interested in GH to assess attitudes toward GI-related issues in GH curriculum. An online learning module was developed consisting of 10, video-based lessons each addressing specific GH competencies (Figure 1). Result(s): In total, 41% (28/69) of MS2 and MS3 interested in GH responded to the survey, with a similar distribution of MS2 (13/28) and MS3 (15/28). Nearly all (92.8%) reported that learning GI conditions in a GH curriculum is moderately or very important (Table 1). A majority (78.5%) also reported feeling at least somewhat anxious or more about managing GI conditions during GH electives. Few medical students reported feeling moderately or extremely prepared to identify risk factors for GI conditions in different settings (21.5%) and to define approaches to therapy in resource-limited settings (14.3%). Interestingly, a majority (71.4%) reported feeling not at all prepared or slightly prepared to deliver cost-effective care to challenging populations. Conclusion(s): Our survey responses demonstrated an unmet need for GI-related training and cost-conscious care in the GH curriculum. Developing an online learning module on GI conditions to supplement GH curriculum may be useful and feasible. A randomized controlled trial is underway to examine the effect of this online learning module on medical student knowledge and preparedness to address GI conditions in GH electives.