Since its inception, Alma Mata Working Group members have collaborated to produce advice and publications that have helped publicise existing opportunities in global health, and worked with partner organizations to develop new models of postgraduate training.
Current and planned activities that anyone interested in joining the work of Alma Mata can get involved in are include:
- Working with the Intercollegiate Global Health Junior Doctors Working Group on developing a coherent set of core curriculum themes in Global Health
- Ongoing undergraduate training to King’s College Medical Students on Careers in Global Health
- Following up on a survey of Postgraduate Medical Deans regarding their attitudes to time out of programme spent on Global Health opportunities
- The potential to develop a manual with the Tropical Health and Education Trust regarding how juniors can help engage with international partnerships
- Finalising publication of a careers questionnaire on student and junior attitudes towards taking time out of training
Previous work has included:
A letter to the Lancet to accompany the Global Health Seminar Series run in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians (London).
A survey of UK postgraduate global health competencies, led by the Intercollegiate Global Health Junior Doctors Working Group. A summary letter has been published by the Lancet and it was accepted as a poster through the Lancet New Voices in Global Health by the World Health Summit in Berlin (October 2012). The main body of work was published by the Riyal Society of Medicine.
- Hall J, Brown CS, Pettigrew L, Malik AN, Watson J, Anya T, McGregor L, Rasmey R. Global health in UK postgraduate medical training. Lancet 2012;380(9843):728-9
- Hall J, Brown CS, Pettigrew L, Malik AN, Watson J, Anya T, McGregor L, Rasmey R. Fit for the future? The place of global health in the UK’s postgraduate medical training: a review. JRSM Short Reports 2013 4:DOI: 10.1177/2042533313476421
A careers questionnaire on student and junior attitudes towards taking time out of training. Two aspects of this research were presented as posters at the Associations for the Study of Medical Education’s recent Global Health Education for Tomorrow’s Doctors conference. A publication is being finalised.
- Dorwood J, Rittman T, Spry E, Martineau F, Brown C. Postgraduate global health training: out of programme experiences.
- Rittman T, Dorwood J, Spry E, Martineau F, Brown C. Postgraduate training opportunities in global health, the trainee perspective: what and when?
A training proposal for developing postgraduate medical experience in global health in the UK, published in Clinical Medicine.
- Brown C, Martineau F, Spry E, Yudkin JS. Postgraduate training in global health: ensuring UK doctors can contribute to health in resource-poor countries. Clin Med. 2011 Oct;11(5):456-60.
- This work was based on a training proposal that was discussed at a variety of meetings with representatives from the DH and the global health community, available here.
A piece on establishing a globally aware health workforce.
- Hope R, Nicholson BD, Baguley D. Establishing a Workforce of Globally Aware Health Professionals: Alma Ata and Alma Mata Global Health Network. Global Social Policy 2008;8:161-164
A BMJ careers advice section on new International health foundation programmes.
- Nicholson B, Lewis G & Martineau F. International health foundation programmes. BMJ Careers, January 2007.
An article on how to be of appropriate use on international placements.
- Hope R. Doctors without borders or doctors without qualifications? How to be of use and stay safe on international student placements. Virtual Mentor, December 2006.
A BMJ careers advice section on how to approach global health.
- Baguley D, Nicholson B. Building capacity – finding global health directions. BMJ Careers, December 2005.
Responses to various global health messages:
- Hall J, Brown C, Pettigrew L. The need for global health in the postgraduate curricula to support international placements. BMJ 2011
- Pettigrew L, Watson J, Spry E, Hasan R, Seo H, Roy R, Ana M, Begg S, Hall J, Brown C. Junior response to the Global Health editorial. BJGP 2011;61(583):142-3
- Baguley D, Lewis G, Killeen K, Martineau F, Nicholson B. Tooke brings focus but no solutions to those seeking global health work within MMC. BMJ, October 2007
- Killeen T, Kirwan D, Martineau F, Nicholson N. Time for action: Rapid Response to BMJ Careers Editiorial, BMJ Careers Online, November 2007
Publications that mention Alma Mata’s work
- Crisp N. Turning the world upside down – the search for global health in the 21st century.
- Gedde M, Edjang S, Madeville K. Working in International Health (Success in Medicine).
- Tiago Villaneueva. Interview in sBMJ with Alma Mata co-founder Rebecca Hope.
Alma Mata has also responded to various government white papers, including NHS International Development Framework Consultation and Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare workforce.
In addition, Alma Mata also have produced multiple issues of a Global Health Journal.