A medical school is a tertiary educational institution, or part of such an institution, that teaches medicine, and awards a professional degree for doctors. Such medical degrees include the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, MBChB, MBBCh, BMBS), Master of Medicine (MM, MMed), Doctor of Medicine (MD), or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
Also Many medical schools offer additional degrees, such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), master’s degree (MSc) or other post-secondary education.
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KNUST DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE
The Department of Medicine was established in 1975. Entry into the clinical program started in 1980. The Head of Department was Prof. E.H.O. Parry. The first batch to complete the final MB ChB passed out in 1982. The academic staff who manned the the Department of Medicine in it’s early years were Prof Parry, Prof. Sir J.W. Acheampong, Prof. T.C Ankrah and Dr J.G.A. Wood.
There has been a consistent increase in student numbers to date. Academic staff numbers have been augmented by expatriate specialists who come on short term visits. Link with academic institutions in the UK and USA have been set up and there is a steady stream of specialists who visit for a couple of weeks to teach undergraduates and graduate students in the Department. Currently, the Department of Medicine has links with the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, University of Durham, St. George’s Medical School (University of London) and University of Utah.
Structure of Faculty
Academic staff is made up of the Head of Department of other senior members. The examinations committee consists of all senior members. The coordinator of examinations is the examinations officer Resident medical officers teach first year clinical students clinical methods.
(a)The primary goal of undergraduate medical education is to produce graduates who are fit to practice medicine in accordance with the professional standards set by the Medical and Dental council for all doctors.
(b) Objectives: The objectives are set to ensure that medical graduates will:
Demonstrate an ability to think critically, gain a proficiency in clinical reasoning, an insight into research and an ability to cope with uncertainty.
Possess a clinical knowledge relevant to the understanding management of problems and conditions encountered in the registration house-officer year.
Demonstrate attitudes consistent with the duties of a Doctor
Demonstrate appropriate behavior in relation to all aspects of clinical practice.
Projected student enrolment is not possible since admissions are done in the pre-Clinical years.
Attrition Rate: 02%
Student Staff Ratio: 1:15
Student Workload: 18 credit hours per week
The medicine program has two phases. Phase 1 is the first year clinical program. This comprises a core course in Internal Medicine and clinical methods. The core course offered relate to a system of the body or topic of relevance. Early clinical experience is provided in the form of attachments to various teams for teaching and learning of clinical skills.
The subject strands comprise the following:
History taking and examination of the :
respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal and nervous systems
This forms the foundation of clinical practice and junior rotations.
Phase 2 is the third year clinical program. It consists of clinical science and investigative medicine. The teaching and learning of Phase 2 (final year) focuses on are and management of patients, especially emergencies.
Requirements for graduation:
Minimum Credit of 194 Hours
Pass all required Courses
CWA of 50% and above
The medicine department has an overriding duty to ensure that on graduation, candidates are fit to practice in accordance with the professional standards set by the Medical and Dental Council for all doctors.
Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on progressive assessment. Progressive assessment encourages and rewards transfer of learning from phase 1 to phase 2.
Assessment methods used during Phase 1 include:
A written paper
Clinical methods (assessment)
Final MB, ChB examination which comprises:
Paper 1 which covers case presentation, investigations and treatment
Paper 2 (Multiple Choice Questions)
Practicals where students are assessed on the following:
Examinations are scrutinized by External Examiners to ensure that the requisite Standards are maintained.
Students are classified as having
Passed with Distinction
Passed with Credit
Failed if total score is less than 50% or if they fail the clinical assessment
The department of medicine offers postgraduate training in internal medicine. Successful candidates are usually recruited to join the academic staff
The department has trained eight consultants and fourteen specialists. There are ten physicians in training currently
CONTACT AND ADRESS
School of Medical Sciences
College of Health Sciences
+233 (0) 3220-63621
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