A key ingredient in Health Leadership International’s planning was to
develop a Medical Education model that would be self-sustaining and not depend upon non-Lao educators coming to Lao PDR over an indefinite period. To address this concern, HLISeattle adopted a Train-the-Trainer model to develop an in-country cadre of physician-trainers who could carry the work forward.
Health Leadership International pairs each faculty member with a bi-lingual Lao physician to co-teach the course. At the conclusion of the training, all co-trainers are given the complete course curriculum, including all powerpoints, translated into Lao. This enables
them to teach others and extend the reach of the training after the Health Leadership International leaves.