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COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
DAR ES SALAAM ; TANZANIA

The college of medicine was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Honourable Mr. I.K. Gujral on 17th September, 1997. Already seventy doctors have passed out of the College and doing well in their profession. Presently the College offers only M.B.B.S. Course equivalent to the M.D. Course of Tanzania. Short courses for Laboratory Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians and Premedical Courses will commence from Feb 2005. It is contemplated to start the post graduate courses in Internal Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology, Surgery, Ophthalmology and Paediatrics from Sep 2005. Fellowship courses in certain super specialties are likely to commence from Sep 2006. The admissions are held in Feb and Sep every year.

Mission

  • To prepare students through regular professional courses in the fields of medical and allied sciences for the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

  • To be an additional supplier from the private sector of medical service providers; key policy makers in medical services and experts/specialists (with additional training) of medical services in industries, public institutions and private institutions.

  • To be a catalyst in,

  • Ensuring that research priorities are responsive to the felt needs of the community.

  • Spearheading prioritization of primary medical and health care for the majority of the people.

  • Creation of demand for better medical services to the majority of the rural and urban population, especially to the poorest communities.

Vision

The College of Medicine is envisaged to be the centre of excellence of medical and health knowledge advancement, expansion, transmission and enhancement through training, research, outreach and public service.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM, M.B.B.S. COURSE:

i) The training is organized into 9 semesters. Each semester has 23 teaching weeks with two-week breather at the end of the semester in Feb and 4 weeks vacation at the end of semester in Aug.

ii) The teaching week shall comprise of five days of eight working hours each from Monday to Friday and four hours on Saturdays. The contact hours for each week shall be 44 hours. This translates into 44 x 23 =1012 contact hours per semester.

iii) The teaching shall be organized into modules and units for each semester. Each unit shall comprise of 20 contact hours in the form of didatic lectures and 20 hours of practical/clinical or seminar classes. There shall be a continuous assessment examination at the end of each module. A university examination shall be held at the end of the semester when the teaching in a subject has been completed.

iv) A one-year of internship shall be done after graduation. This will be conducted in prescribed hospitals for such training by the Ministry of Health.

The proposed scheme of training during the 9 semesters of the MBBS training is organized into phases as follows;

i) Pre-clinical shall consist of semesters 1 - 5 during which the pre-clinical subjects of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology including parasitology, development studies, pharmacology and pathology shall be taught and examined. In addition community medicine, research training in the form of epidemiology and biostatistics. A course in clinical methods shall be carried out in order to prepare the students for their clinical training.

ii) Clinical training comprises of semesters 6 through 9. Clinical training shall be conducted during semester 6 and 7 comprising of 8 week rotations in medicine, surgery, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology. Joint lectures in these subjects shall be given for 4 hours daily before the students break to join their respective clinical assignment. A senior rotation of 4 weeks in each of these subjects shall be held during semester 9.

iv) Semester 8 shall be devoted to public health and the medical and surgical specialties of radiology, orthopaedics, anaesthesia, psychiatry, dermatology and venereology, ophthalmology and ENT. There will be 2-hour lectures daily in these subjects except ophthalmology and orthopedics. There will be 4 weeks rotations in psychiatry, orthopedics and public health, 3 weeks rotation in ophthalmology, 2 weeks rotation in dermato-venereology and radiology and one-week rotations in ENT and anaesthetics. In addition an elective period of 8 weeks shall be held at the end of semester 8 during which the candidate will conduct field work and shall write a research report before proceeding to the last semester.

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