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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility of providing regular, live, text-based teaching to medical students and junior doctors in Somaliland using a dedicated case-based medical education website ( DESIGN: Review of MedicineAfrica database for details of teaching sessions held in Somaliland from December 2008-October 2010 and evaluation of user experiences through focus groups. SETTING: King's College Hospital, London, UK and Ahmoud University, Borama, Somaliland. PARTICIPANTS: Final year medical students, newly graduated interns and second year interns at Ahmoud University, Borama, Somaliland. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Qualitative and quantitative user rating of online case-based tutorials in the context of pre-existing educational opportunities available to them. RESULTS: Regular online teaching sessions are received enthusiastically by students and junior doctors and are reported to improve their clinical practice. CONCLUSIONS: Despite technological limitations in Somaliland, a live text-based teaching service can be delivered effectively and streamlined with local curricula. This represents an alternative to traditional static teaching methodologies currently used in international medical education.

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