Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death world-wide among infectious diseases. Despite the increasing understanding of the characteristics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the development and use of approved anti-tuberculosis drugs. TB remains a major national and international public health problem affecting predominantly the socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and ethinc groups. The Tuberculosis Academic Award will provide Gerarg ShuTangyie, M.D., M.P.H., and Meharry Medical College with the resources to initiate a TB program, the overall goal of which will be to develop and maintain a broad based program for the prevention, management and control of TB at Meharry Medical College and its environs. The program will emphasize medical school curriculum development and integrated state-of-the-art practice guidelines in the college's clinical departments. Meharry Medical College in Nashville joins the leadership in the development of this crucial program in collaboration with TB Academic Awardees at two distinguished institutions: New Jersey Medical School TB Center, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and with the advisory support of program officials at the NHLBI.
The specific aims include: 1) Develop, implement and evaluate a high quality model curriculum at Meharry Medical College for medical students and house staff, with applications for students in other health-related fields that address the principles and practices of prevention, diagnosis, management and control of TB, and is responsive to the cultural and social issues associated with the disease. 2) Develop, implement and evaluate a coordinated interdepartment and interinstitutional approach for the diagnosis and management of patients with TB at Meharry Medical College. 3) Develop a coordinated system for outreach using the expertise and resources of pertinent community organizations. This will be accomplished by collaborating with the medical departments through revision, strengthening/updating and incorporation where necessary of TB in the curriculum of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching will be effected through tutorials, seminars, use of standardized patients with TB specific scenarios, audiovisual materials, and written self-instructional materials. The appropriateness of the TB curriculum content and the effectiveness of its implementation will assessed or evaluated by an educational and/or curriculum specialist through mentor institutions. Changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices will be evaluated by the PI who will also engage in continuous evaluation of the program during the course of the Academic Award grant and after its officials termination.
For more information please contact:
Gerard ShuTangyie, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Internal Medicine
Meharry Medical College
1005 Todd Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Phone: (615) 327-6277
Fax: (615) 327-6417