MURTI impact on the development of human resources

In addition to the obvious development of human resources through MURTI training of MUST junior faculty, several other MURTI-associated activities have resulted in new development opportunities.

In the spring of 2016, the MUST team (led by MURTI Program Directors Drs. Obua and Maling) visited MGH and Harvard School of Public Health to meet face-to-face with the MGH and Harvard mentors on the project implementation, for benchmarking and collaborative engagements. Through connections in their various departments, mentors pledged to build human resource capacity at MUST which will benefit not only MUST but also the rural Ugandan communities that MUST serves.

Examples of the development of human resources are

  • The MGH oncology team is committed to mentoring MUST junior faculty in research, surgical skills and grant writing above the MURTI program.

  • Ms. Patricia Daoust a MURTI TAC member from the department of nursing at MGH Global Health is providing mentorship to the nursing department at MUST. They worked together on the strategic plan to transition into an independent nursing school/faculty. As a result, MGH is committed to funding 2 years of salary support for 2 of the recent Masters in Nursing Science MNS graduates to increase on human resource; this was in response to the hospital director that the hospital nurses need critical care training. The referral hospital will hire these nurses in the ICU and A&E ward.

  • The mental health area at MUST is challenged by limited human resources; with the MUST MURTI MGH collaboration, MGH promised to support the department of Psychiatry, MUST in teaching and learning of residents in through sharing video recorded lectures in addition to opening up the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy online four-week course without charge. MUST will need to adapt the online course so that it is offered to other residents and staff.