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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants (n = 22)

From: Student and faculty perceptions on the rapid scale-up of medical students in Ethiopia

Participants Total
(n = 22)
(n = 10)
(n = 12)
Time at AAU Medical School Exposure to MEPI-E
Administrators 3 2 1 2 – 6 years Works with MEPI programs
Faculty Members 6 4 2 3 – 17 years MEPI-E Advisory Board
Received MEPI-E funds
Works with MEPI-E programs
Resident 1 0 1 6 years Attended MEPI-E training
Interns 2 1 1 5 years Participated in MEPI-E program
Received tablet
Pre-Clinical Students 5 1 4 1–2 years Received tablet
Clinical Students 5 2 3 3 –6 years Participated in MEPI-E program
Received tablet
  1. Four thematic domains emerged during analysis that elicited context-rich responses (Table 2). All participants stated that at least some aspects of the quality of medical education had been compromised due to the large influx of medical students without proportional increases in accompanying resources and infrastructure. As a result, the majority of participants reported negative learning and teaching experiences. Participants who were aware of MEPI-E mentioned that MEPI-E had begun to address some of the effects of the scale-up at AAU