A recent evaluation of the FACES Student Training Education Program (STEP) for medical students, health professional students, and residents yielded positive results from participants. Ten recent STEP participants who worked at FACES supported HIV care and treatment sites between June and December 2012 provided feedback. Two were clinical and eight were non-clinical STEP participants.
When asked if the experience had a positive impact on their career, nine responded positively. A few of their sentiments:
… great opportunity to see how medicine is delivered in rural areas in a developing nation
…experience will help when working as a provider in the global setting
…have a better understanding of conducting research in a global health setting
…importance of working with partner organizations, following the protocol, and monitoring well
…mentor appreciation for the time and commitment given
….received a good introduction to the logistical side of working abroad
…eye opening experience to see firsthand challenges of working on the ground in resource poor settings and to experience a different culture and a way of living.
Quantitative findings on a broad spectrum of STEP program components are below; most importantly, nearly all found the program valuable.