CUHAS - Bugando


Bugando - Mwanza, Tanzania

Weill Bugando School of Medicine (WBSoM)

The School of Medicine was the first of several Schools and other Institutes that were envisaged under the BUCHS project. The MD programme, launched in 2003/2004,is the most pivotal upon which hinges the Mission of the University;in its quest to enable Tanzania to produce enough doctors and other health professionals to achieve a satisfactory level of “Health for All” in the foreseeable future.

The objective of the MD Course is to train competent general duty Medical Officers who after the appropriate period of internship can, without supervision, render adequate medical care both to the individual patient and to the community in differing situations.

It is envisaged the CUHAS graduate should be able to:
  • Administer the health services of a district, and train, organize and direct the health team of medical and paramedical personnel in a district, in a hospital and in a health centre.
  • Conduct his/her activities so that they are relevant to the community by understanding the significant social, political, economic, psychological and ecological factors of the community.
  • Identify and solve the major health problems of the community under his/her care, according to the national and community priorities.
  • Organize and provide routine and emergency, preventive and curative medical care for the individual by:
    • Knowing the normal structure, function, development and growth of the human body and personality.
    • Recognizing disorders and abnormalities of structure, function, development and growth of the human body and personality.
    • Examining patients both clinical and with the relevant investigate procedures.
    • Evaluating the results of the examination and investigations and reaching an appropriate diagnosis.
    • Administering to the patients the appropriate medical/pediatric/surgical/mental health/gynecological and obstetric care and treatment.
  • Training and directing the health team in all of the above as required.
  • Accept the responsibility of continuing his/her professional education, in order to utilize advances in medical science and to benefit from further postgraduate training provided in Tanzania or elsewhere.
  • Recognize the limit of his/her competence and refer such issues to higher levels. The School started with a modest intake of 10 MD students. In line with its Rolling Strategic Plan the University embarked on a systematic and strategic student expansion programme as a way of enhancing government efforts to bridge the workforce deficit in the health sector. The intake increased gradually reaching 25, 49, 61, 67, and 75 in the subsequent years. In 2008/2009 enrollment (in the MD programme) increased to 143 students. Currently enrollment stands at 150 students a year. With enrollment caped at 150 the student nominal roll in the MD programme is expected to reach 750 by 2015. In 2006/2007 the School of Medicine launched five postgraduate programmes: Masters in Medicine (MMED) in five disciplines of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics/Child Health, andAnaesthesiology. In the academic year 2010/2011 the School of Medicine launched a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (BMLS). The BMLS programme is intended to achieve the following goals:
  • To produce a Laboratory technologist with sound knowledge and skills for diagnosis, monitoring and research in medical field.
  • To produce technologists with high caliber in implementing and promoting quality services in medical laboratories.
  • To produce medical technologists with highest analytical ability, with concerns for ethical and moral values.
  • To produce a Laboratory technologist who can translate the national health laboratory policies into Programme, planning and management activities.