Further Developing the Implementation of a Distance-based Executive-style Degree Completion Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists (2015-2016)

An extension of the 2014-2015 Bass Connections project, this project team provided a mechanism for evaluating data collected in association with the implementation of the distance program and supported the development of the non-technology-based components.

During the summer of 2015, the team brought Ghanaian members of the team to Duke to facilitate focused mentoring by experts in the field of distance education, executive-style learning and simulation. By bringing the Ghanaian participants to Duke, the team was able to expose them to many more opportunities to learn from and interact with topic experts. Additionally, during the summer, Duke undergraduate students collected data about the initial project implementation. This data was of mixed method and required extensive coding. This year’s team engaged assistance for coding and analysis and sought expert statistical guidance to glean meaningful answers from the data collected.


Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Team Outcomes

Melissa G. Potisek, David M. Hatch, Evans Atito-Narh, Jerry Agudogo, Adeyemi J. Olufolabi, Michael Rieker, Holly A. Muir and Medge D. Owen. 2017. Where Are They Now? Evolution of a Nurse Anesthesia Training School in Ghana and a Survey of Graduates. Frontiers in Public Health.

See earlier related team, Distance-based, Executive-style Degree Completion Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists (2014-2015).


Faculty/Staff Team Members

Sumedha Ariely, Duke Global Health Institute*
Jane Blood-Siegfried, School of Nursing*
Brett Morgan, School of Nursing*
Virginia Muckler, School of Nursing
Adeyemi Olufolabi, School of Medicine-Anesthesiology*

Graduate Team Members

David Alfon, Informatics-MSN
Preston Harrington, Nurse Anesthesia-DNP
Ginger Jones, Nurse Anesthesia-DNP
Madelyn Pineault, Master of Environmental Management, Environmental Economics/Policy
Kyle Smith, Nurse Anesthesia-DNP

Community Team Members

Thomas Anabah, University for Development Studies, School of Medicine & Health Science, Ghana
Sylvanus Kampo, University for Development Studies, Ghana

* denotes team leader


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