2 February 2009 - 4 March 2009
the Geneva Foundation for
Medical Education and Research
The importance of continued medical education based on solid scientific evidence is now well recognised, yet not widely implemented and thus reducing the possible impact on health services in developing countries. The immediate consequences are stagnation of the quality of service delivery and ill health of the population. This applies particularly to developing countries and countries in economic transition.
Some ways to develop a better health system are to promote research relevant to problems in the field, strengthen the human and material resources for this research and to create a mechanism which would assist countries to address their own research needs.
Development of appropriate technologies and training of personnel in various fields of medicine, public health and research are essential components of such a mechanism.
In view of the steadily increasing demand for support to strengthen the research capabilities in health and to show its solidarity with countries in need, the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER), the World Health Organization (WHO) the International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH), and the San Raffaele del Monte Tabor Foundation - in collaboration with the Department of Health of the Canton of Geneva, the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva University and the Geneva Medical Association - offer a clinical research training programme addressing sexual and reproductive health.
Health research is a multidisciplinary activity comprising basic medical
research, clinical medicine and social sciences. The GFMER, WHO and IAMANEH
in collaboration with a number of Swiss medical institutions assure that
all these aspects are addressed in the training programme. Furthermore, staff members and advisers of WHO are actively supporting
the training by giving lectures and providing tutorship to participants.
The primary aims and objectives of the training programme are to:
3.1 Admission procedures
The course is open to candidates, who want to undertake research training in the field of reproductive health. Eligible candidates need to have a degree in health care or related disciplines.
In order to be considered by the course organisers, the following documents are required:
All application documents should be sent electronically. Copies of diplomas, attestation of English language proficiency and letters of reference can be sent by post or by fax to:
Training in Reproductive Health Research
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Chemin Edouard-Tavan 5
The final selection of candidates to the course is made by the Scientific Committee.
3.2 Duration of the training
The course is offered on a full-time basis for 5 weeks (2 weeks Research Methodology; 2 weeks Sexual and Reproductive Health; a written exam and an oral presentation of a written assignment in the last week.)
3.3 Teaching language
The teaching language of the course is English. In the daily practical work, both French and English are accepted as working languages. Both English and French can be used in the written and oral exams. However, in order to follow the course lectures, it is of utmost importance that the participant’s level of understanding English is adequate. Thus, an official attestation of English proficiency is required to attend the training programme.
After compulsory course attendance and having passed the exams, the participant will obtain a certificate delivered by the organising institutions.
The administrative fees are CHF 1500 per participant.
3.6 Study grants
Through contributions from several donor organisations, the course organisers are making available a limited number of study grants, which will be offered to selected participants to meet some of the costs of their participation in the course.
It is aimed to establish information exchange with the selected candidates during the preparatory phase ( from November to February) in order to discuss their planned research project/grant proposal/systematic review of the literature conducted during the course in Geneva.
Lectures will be held regularly between 09.00 and 13.00 from Monday to Friday, with some afternoon sessions. The afternoons will be reserved mainly for the preparation of the written assignment. The curriculum will cover the following modules:
4.2 Research Methodology - 2 weeks
Including: Study Designs, Critical Appraisal, Research Synthesis, Strategies for Data Analysis, Ethics and Human Rights in clinical research.
4.3 Sexual and Reproductive Health - 2 weeks
Including: Basic Pathophysiological Principles, Family Planning, Infertility, Gynaecological Endocrinology and Menopause, Genital Infections/Sexually Transmitted Infections and Cancer, and Obstetrics, Adolescent Health, Sexuality and Gender related issues.
In order to obtain the certificate, participants will have to pass an exam, consisting of 3 parts:
The course is under the guidance and supervision of the Scientific Committee consisting of members representing the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER), the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (WHO/RHR) and other collaborating institutions.
The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) organises the training programme jointly with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (WHO/RHR) and the International Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health (IAMANEH).
Further information about the course can be obtained from:
The Administrative Office
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Edited by Aldo Campana,