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UNZA medical training in new start

FRANCIS LUNGU, Lusaka
SINCE July 1966, when the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road campus in Lusaka was opened, medical training has been taking seven years.
It is a period of study many people have felt is too long considering that medical scholars are trained for five years in other parts of the world. In Zambia the seven-year academic journey starts with scholars spending one year in the School of Natural Sciences and the second year in the School of Medicine at the Great East Road campus.
The remaining five years of study would be undertaken at UNZA’s Ridgeway Campus for the hands-on aspect of schooling facilitated by the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
But now, UNZA has re-adjusted the medical training programme from seven down to six years, starting with the 2021 January intake, with a pledge of maintaining the quality of training.
The programme to revise the length of study and many other aspects of medical training was done through the Strengthening Health Professionals Workforce Education Programmes for Improved Quality Health Care in Zambia (SHEPIZ) Project.
The programme was implemented by UNZA’s Department of Medical Education Development (DMED).
The purpose of the SHEPIZ project was to introduce the new Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees (MB ChB) to the faculty of natural sciences and highlight the new innovations and global trends in medical education.
In the United Kingdom (UK) for instance, medical courses normally takes five years, or four years for a graduate entry programme. And training involves basic medical sciences as well as CLICK TO READ MORE



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