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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-97

Kenyan women medical doctors and their motivations to pursue international research training

1 Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
2 Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; Department of Pediatrics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
3 Department of Global Health, Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Joseph Daniels
UCLA Program in Global Health, 9911 West Pico Blvd., Suite 955?Los Angeles, CA 90035 2703, USA

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.120700

Context: There is a need to understand the factors that influence African women medical doctors to pursue international health research training because they remain under-represented in research fields but increasingly represented in medicine. Methods: We conducted a program study with Kenyan women (N = 12) who participated in a US funded AIDS International Training and Research Program implemented by the University of Washington. Interviews were conducted to understand their clinical research career motivations and training pathways into global health research. The transcripts were analyzed for themes using predefined code areas. Results: The findings outline entry into research, professional and career balance motivations, and two stages of a career path into research. Discussion: Kenyan women medical clinical researchers shared similar motivations as US women but differed as well. Kenyan medical doctors pursued health research within a context of limited resources, but the ability to balance work and family while contributing to public health through research and leadership was highly valued. International training programs can effectively engage women in research training by developing women's health research areas, supportive family policies, and aligning program design with local training to develop career pathways for women.

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