Training the Next Generation of African Pathologists

Ann Marie Nelson, Martin Hale, Mohenou Isidore Jean Marie Diomande, Quentin Eichbaum, Yawale Iliyasu, Raphael M. Kalengayi, Belson Rugwizangoga, Shahin Sayed

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Quality patient care requires correct and timely evidence-based diagnoses. Pathology and laboratory medicine training varies significantly across the continent, but is inadequate to serve the needs of the population. This article summarizes the current state of pathology workforce and training in sub-Saharan Africa; discusses challenges to recruitment and retention; and outlines the necessary elements for training and sustaining a robust workforce in pathology and laboratory medicine. The authors provide several case studies of institutions around the continent that include expansion of existing programs, a de novo program, South-South collaborations, and skill building for the existing workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-51
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in Laboratory Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Accreditation
  • Global health
  • Pathology
  • Quality
  • Training


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