The purpose of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) is to assist Addis Ababa University (AAU) Ethiopia, build and strengthen capacity and sustainability in medical -specialities and other health and non-health professional programs. TAAAC is the umbrella organization housing all the new educational partnerships between Departments and Divisions in six Faculties at the University of Toronto (UofT) in Canada and AAU. TAAAC facilitates each of the partnerships who work closely with their sister department at AAU to understand the educational needs and objectives and sends small, well organized groups of volunteer faculty and an accompanying senior student, who travel to AAU for a month to teach, co-teach, mentor and collaborate. The programs build on the work of each group of outgoing faculty so that together we accumulate and learn from our collective experience and expertise, and stay current with an ever progressing educational landscape at AAU. TAAAC partnerships work to enhance and expand medical residencies and subspecialty training in medicine, and to strengthen Masters and PhD programming in other post graduate academic programs
- FIRST CLASS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE RESIDENTS GRADUATE
Click here to read the graduation speech by Dr. James Maskalyk
- LOVE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
Read about Dr. Korosh Khalili's work with TAAAC and how he is co-organizing fellowship training curriculum for radiologists at the Black Lion Hospital
- NURSING EDUCATION CROSSES CONTINENTS AS BLOOMBERG LECTURER RETURNS TO ETHIOPIA
Click here to read about Dr. Amy Bender's collaboration between Bloomberg Nursing and Addis Ababa University's Department of Nursing.
- TAAAC IN THE NEWS! ARTICLE DISCUSSING GRAND CHALLENGE CANADA RECIPIENTS FEATURING DR CLARE PAIN
Click here to read the Toronto Star article entitled 'Mental health programs in developing countries get boost from Canada'
- TAAAC RECEIVES GRAND CHALLENGE CANADA GRANT
TAAAC is proud to announce being chosen as a recipeint of the Grand Challenge Canada Grant 2012. Check back shortly for more information on this exciting develoment for the program.
- Dr. ATALAY ALEM GIVES INAUGURAL PROFESSIONAL LECTURE
Click here to read Dr. Atalay Alem's inaugural professorial lecture entitled 'My Professional Journey and Mental Health Research in Ethiopia' give on Tuesday July 17th, 2012 in Addis Ababa
The vision of TAAAC is to form a strong, broad, and enduring academic educational collaboration between the University of Toronto (UofT) and Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia through which AAU gains assistance to strengthen post graduate programming and UofT benefits from acquiring experience in such a partnership.
TAAAC started in 2008 as an extension of the successful Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Psychiatry Project (TAAPP), and at the request of senior Ethiopian faculty at Addis Ababa University (AAU).
Each educational partnership is enabling Ethiopians to train in-country so that a critical mass of medical specialists, sub specialists and PhD level health related and other academics, graduate in Ethiopia, and which can be expected to decrease the current 80% "brain drain" significantly. As the post graduate programs graduate new professionals to be hired as faculty it will be possible for Ethiopia to replicate and sustain medical residencies and PhD in-country advanced training programs over the long term, thus decreasing the risk of training abroad, and successfully addressing the needs of the country. Establishing a critical mass of specialist and sub specialist physicians is an important plank in developing and sustaining a comprehensive health care system that will also allow the development and support of complementary and allied health care professions including Ethiopia's community health care workers. As well, Ethiopia will have the ability to provide multidisciplinary faculty for their new universities (expanding from 6 to 30 in the near future).
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