FETP - CDC-Supported FETPs
Partner countries develop FETPs to address their severe shortage of skilled epidemiologists in country. In most cases, the country also lacks a sufficient number of experts in country who can serve as mentors to the residents during the first few years of the program. In such situations, CDC will place an expert field epidemiologist and trainer to serve as the “Resident Advisor” until a sufficient number of FETP residents have graduated who are able to serve as mentors and trainers to incoming residents. The Resident Advisor is usually a graduate of EIS or another FETP and his or her role is to facilitate the development and implementation of the curriculum; ensure the scientific excellence of the training; supervise the
Support from CDC Headquarters
At CDC headquarters in Atlanta, a team of medical officers, epidemiologists and health scientists, public health advisors, and instructional designers provide scientific expertise, training consultations, and other programmatic support and ad vice to help ministries of health implement their FETP. For example, CDC develops customized classroom curricula for epidemiology, biostatistics, management, and public health communication skills to be used by the FETPs in country. CDC also conducts health system assessments in order to target training content, as well as the placement of residents in the field, to best meet the needs of the country or region.