Surgical Education Learners Forum (SELF)

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The Surgical Education Learners Forum (SELF) develops and evaluates training modules for clinicians in low-resource settings. SELF training modules enable clinicians to independently learn and self-assess specific skills. SELF training modules are free-to-use and publicly available.

SELF is an evolution of the Global Surgical Training Challenge, a $5 million global competition that funded the development of surgical training modules. These modules empower surgical practitioners to learn, practice, and self-assess specific surgical skills without direct supervision from a more experienced surgeon. The training modules are freely available on Appropedia.

For more information about SELF, download an informational booklet in English or French.

The Intuitive Foundation supports three SELF training programs with the following aims.

1) Develop training modules for clinical health care workers.

The SELF: Clinical Skills Training Program funds the development of training modules that enable health care workers in low-resource settings to independently learn and self-assess specific clinical skills. This grant provides funding to adapt existing training materials to be freely available on an open-source platform called Appropedia and be entirely self-administrable from anywhere in the world.

Funding is available through this Clinical Skills Training Grant for organizations to adapt, improve, and publish existing clinical skills training modules. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

2) Train biomedical technicians to repair and maintain medical devices.

The SELF: Biomedical Training Program improves the skills and knowledge of biomedical technicians and engineers in resource-limited settings. The pilot provides learners with no-cost access to Medical Aid International’s biomedical training program, which includes a 13-unit self-administered online training course, device documentation library, high-quality tools, and a laptop.

The application deadline for this program has passed.

3) Evaluate the effectiveness of self-directed trainings with real learners.

The SELF: Training Evaluation Program tests the effectiveness of clinical skills training modules in real-world settings. The program funds health care facilities to identify potential learners and clinical cases, provide time and space for learners to do the training, and measure the effectiveness of the training’s learning aims.

Funding is available for health care facilities to run independent evaluations of SELF clinical skills training modules in low- and middle-income countries. Email for more information.