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Table 3 Challenges and perceived enabling factors as reported by the four medical education departments in this study

From: Medical education departments: a study of four medical schools in Sub-Saharan Africa

Challenges Enabling factors
Establishing and maintaining the legitimacy of the department within faculty and university leadership Ensure academic status for the department
Align with the school and institutional strategic foci
Seek legitimacy for the department – acknowledged stature among faculty and within the school
Securing and retaining appropriate staff Secure active and sustained support at senior level
Hire staff who have expertise or qualifications in HPE
Employ a qualified leader as champion
Sustaining the department in terms of funding Build on the current regional call for medical education innovation
Obtain funding from the institution and external grants
Develop internal income-generating activities (e.g., postgraduate HPE programs which charge tuition)