Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 182–186 | Cite as

Telemedicine for Peer-to-Peer Psychiatry Learning Between U.K. and Somaliland Medical Students

  • Roxanne Keynejad
  • Faisal R. Ali
  • Alexander E. T. Finlayson
  • Jibriil Handuleh
  • Gudon Adam
  • Jordan S.T. Bowen
  • Andrew Leather
  • Simon J. Little
  • Susannah Whitwell
Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

The proportion of U.K. medical students applying for psychiatry training continues to decline, whereas, in Somaliland, there are no public-sector psychiatrists. This pilot study assessed the usefulness and feasibility of online, instant messenger, peer-to-peer exchange for psychiatry education between cultures.

Methods

Twenty medical students from King’s College, London, and Hargeisa University (Somaliland) met online in pairs every 2 weeks to discuss prearranged psychiatric topics, clinical cases, and treatment options, completing online evaluations throughout.

Results

Average ratings of the enjoyment, academic helpfulness, and interest of sessions were 4.31, 3.56, and 4.54 (of a maximum of 5), respectively; 83% would recommend the partnership to a friend.

Conclusions

This partnership enabled students on both sides to exploit psychiatry-learning resources at the other’s disposal, outside the standard medical education context, illustrating the benefits to medical students in dramatically different locations of partnership through telemedicine. This pilot study presents an innovative, cost-effective, under-used approach to international medical education.

Keywords

Medical Student Academic Psychiatry Acad Psychiatry Psychiatry Training Instant Messenger 

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© Academic Psychiatry 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roxanne Keynejad
    • 1
  • Faisal R. Ali
    • 2
  • Alexander E. T. Finlayson
    • 3
  • Jibriil Handuleh
    • 4
  • Gudon Adam
    • 5
  • Jordan S.T. Bowen
    • 6
  • Andrew Leather
    • 6
  • Simon J. Little
    • 3
  • Susannah Whitwell
    • 7
  1. 1.St. Helier HospitalCarshaltonUK
  2. 2.University of ManchesterUK
  3. 3.University of OxfordUK
  4. 4.Amoud University Medical SchoolSomaliland
  5. 5.University of HargeisaSomaliland
  6. 6.MedicineAfrica King’s Centre for Global Health, King’s CollegeLondonUK
  7. 7.Institute of Psychiatry, King’s CollegeLondonUK

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