Visiting Trainees in Global Settings: Host and Partner Perspectives on Desirable Competencies

William Cherniak, Emily Latham, Barbara Astle, Geoffrey Anguyo, Tessa Beaunoir, Joel Buenaventura, Matthew DeCamp, Karla Diaz, Quentin Eichbaum, Marius Hedimbi, Cat Myser, Charles Nwobu, Katherine Standish, Jessica Evert

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Background Current competencies in global health education largely reflect perspectives from high-income countries (HICs). Consequently, there has been underrepresentation of the voices and perspectives of partners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) who supervise and mentor trainees engaged in short-term experiences in global health (STEGH). Objective The objective of this study was to better understand the competencies and learning objectives that are considered a priority from the perspective of partners in LMICs. Methods A review of current interprofessional global health competencies was performed to design a web-based survey instrument in English and Spanish. Survey data were collected from a global convenience sample. Data underwent descriptive statistical analysis and logistic regression. Findings The survey was completed by 170 individuals; 132 in English and 38 in Spanish. More than 85% of respondents rated cultural awareness and respectful conduct while on a STEGH as important. None of the respondents said trainees arrive as independent practitioners to fill health care gaps. Of 109 respondents, 65 (60%) reported that trainees gaining fluency in the local language was not important. Conclusions This study found different levels of agreement between partners across economic regions of the world when compared with existing global health competencies. By gaining insight into host partners' perceptions of desired competencies, global health education programs in LMICs can be more collaboratively and ethically designed to meet the priorities, needs, and expectations of those stakeholders. This study begins to shift the paradigm of global health education program design by encouraging North–South/East–West shared agenda setting, mutual respect, empowerment, and true collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Global Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2017


  • competencies
  • education
  • ethics
  • global health
  • international rotations
  • short-term experience in global health


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