Design of the Curriculum
The learning experiences are organized into three (3) phases, which spiral into each other with each phase courses being pre-requisite to the next phase courses. Phase I courses are pre-requisite to phase II.
Similarly, all phase II courses are pre-requisite for phase III courses.
Phase One: The Normal structure and Functions (Pre-clinical)
This phase includes courses that deal with the scientific basis of medical practice, especially the basic and applied/clinical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, immunology, microbiology, basic pharmacology
and epidemiology. The students are introduced to the hospital setting and patients during this phase.
Early clinical exposure will assist students to have an early introduction to the patients and the conditions under which they will work and relating it to the biomedical sciences.
At this level, also a number of courses are included, aimed at improving the doctor’s competences in other areas such as bio-statistics, public health and epidemiology, computer applications, behavioral communication skills, ethics and professionalism. This phase extends over a period of two
Phase Two: The Abnormal Sand Functions (Pathology)
These include applied aspects of the various biomedical sciences such as general and systemic pathology, clinical microbiology/parasitology and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. This phase shall extend over a period of two semesters.
Phase Three: Clinical Clerkship
This phase will consist of planned clinical placement rotations to provide core experience in key clinical areas including Internal Medicine, Child Health and Pediatrics, Reproductive Health and Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, Mental Health and Psychiatry, General Surgery and various specialized areas in surgery such as Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Radiology and Imaging. Other
areas sometimes regarded as specialties such as Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Oncology, Urology, cardiothoracic surgery, paediatric surgery, neural surgery and others are recognized and addressed in their “mother” disciplines such as Internal Medicine and surgery.
These courses are linked to the ethical, social and cultural issues appropriate to different clinical situations with an increased emphasis on medicines management and patient safety. This phase shall extend over a period of six semesters and divided into junior and senior clerkship. There shall be 8 weeks of an elective study period in-between junior and senior clerkship.