Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)


There is a global, regional and local need for more Doctors. With an increasing population, changing trends in health-care provision and the emergence of new and complex diseases, a training of this nature will not only help purge the gaps but also go a long way into training health care personnel with competencies to deal with emerging and complex ailments. The program will also seek to train conscientious and compassionate health professional based on Christian values. There is need for more physicians and specialists in the different health care needs, who in turn should also uphold high moral and ethical values (standards).

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery will therefore achieve the following:

  • Promote evidence based medical and health research capacities of the graduates to contribute to knowledge and solving health-related problems.
  • Produce a graduate who is conscientious and compassionate in his/her professional work, and upholds

high ethical and moral standards.

  • Contribute to community development through health services provided through the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau health facilities, University Clinic, outreach satellite health facilities, and through the

provision of short-term health-care training programs to in-services health personnel.

  • Elevate Mengo Hospital to a University Teaching Hospital and this will consequently help the hospital

retain high caliber medical specialists as well as raise the quality of healthcare provision at the hospital

Objectives of the program:

  1. The program seeks to achieve the following objectives:
  2. To produce graduates who cherish Christian values, high moral and ethical standards in the profession
  3. To equip the graduates with health care knowledge.
  4. To produce health care persons with clinical skills in diagnosis and management of health conditions
  5. To produce graduates who will contribute to improvement in health care provision through medical and health-related research.
To equip graduates with critical thinking skills to solve problems

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge outcomes
The program must produce a doctor who has essential knowledge necessary for medical practice, including knowledge of:

a. Biomedical Science as s foundation for clinical medicine.
b. Psychological, social, environmental, spiritual and cultural factors that contribute to illness and disease of individuals, families and communities.
c. Principles of health promotion and disease prevention.
d. A clinical reasoning process that leads to problem solving
e. Pathophysiology of common problems encountered in medical practice
f. How to make a comprehensive assessment based on illness and disease
g. How to make a comprehensive and shared management plan which includes management of presenting problems, ongoing chronic problems including rehabilitation, modification of health-seeking behaviour of   patients, families and communities and opportunistic health promotion
h. The Principles of Rational Therapeutics
i. Rational use and ordering of basic and special investigations
j. Common problems encountered in health care
k. Health care problems encountered in primary, secondary and tertiary health care
l. Epidemiology and biostatistics
n. Health Services Management and Administration

II. Skills outcomes

The program must produce a dental surgeon who has essential skills that are required for dental practice.

These skills are:

1. Communication skills including:

a. Language skills

b. Computer skills

c. Interviewing skills

d. Writing skills

e. Referral skills

f. Team work

2. Clinical skills including:

a. History taking

b. Performance of a physical examination

c. Assessment of a patient’s mental state

d. Performance of side room tests and procedures

e. Interpretation of findings

f. Making a comprehensive assessment based on illness and disease

g. Formulation of a comprehensive and shared management plan

h. Counselling skills including basic counselling and counselling of patient with HIV and AIDS

III. Attitudinal /Behaviour outcomes

The program must produce a dental surgeon who has an appropriate attitude for dental practice, which includes the following:

a. Commitment to the person rather than disease or special technique

b. Awareness of the subjective aspects of dentistry, that is, sensitivity to feelings and thoughts

c. Concerns and expectations of patients and also awareness of own values, attitudes and feelings

d. Ability to listen actively with empathy in order to appreciate the purpose and intentions of patients

e. Ability to build trust through being worthy of trust

f. Ability to negotiate agreements that honestly reflect interests of both the dental surgeon and patient

g. Respect for cultural diversity and patients’ beliefs

h. Positive approach towards primary health care and community-based education and service

i. Understanding the general code of conduct of a dental surgeon towards patients

j. Understanding the dental surgeons’ responsibilities towards his colleagues and other members of the health care team

k. Appreciation of health as a human right



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