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UDS Medical School Has Bright Future

2008-02-26 17:49:35
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Contrary to fears expressed in some quarters about its continued existence, the School of Medical and Health Sciences (SMHS), of the University for Development Studies (UDS), has brighter prospects now than ever before.

After more than 10 years of existence, we believe it is time to stop transferring students to sister schools, in Accra and Kumasi, for clinical training, hence our wholehearted welcome to the challenge of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council.

Furthermore to maintain the old practice of sending SMHS students to the traditional medical schools, in Accra and Kumasi, for clinical training, is to defeat the very purpose for which the UDS-SMHS was set up, which is to train medical students from deprived rural environments, and equip them with the requisite theoretical and especially first-hand practical skills, to enable them remain in these same settings and render service at the end of their training.

In response to the challenge, posed by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, the UDS has put in place mechanisms to start clinical training, by nesting appropriate districts and regional hospitals in the three Northern and Brong Ahafo regions as a back up to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

It is worth noting, that as part of the process of having students undergo all their training in our catchment zones, 35 students, who successfully completed pre-clinical in October 2007, are to start their bridging programme in Tamale from April 2008.

For the records, there are 66 students currently in their 3rd year, 86 in their second and 36 students in their 1st.

It may also be verified students of SMHS have been in session, attending lectures at the new Tamale campus, in the Tamale Teaching Hospital prior to, during and after CAN 2008.

The public may also be interested to know that since September 2007, the UDS-SMHS had changed over to the Problem-Based Learning Methodology, a methodology which is in line with its categorical and unique mandate to prepare health professionals and scientists, with the right beliefs and attitudes, who can and apt to adapt to, initiate change and collaborate to work in deprived rural communities and contribute significantly to human and cost effective healthcare.

The presence of several doctor-trainees in our district hospitals will have considerable effects that can readily be assessed. The Management of UDS assures all stakeholders - particularly the rural communities, students, parents, the government of Ghana and indeed the entire good people of Ghana, that far from heading towards closure, UDS-SMHS is still standing as a present and clear testimony to the vision of the founding fathers. What we need now is some high level of understanding, patience, encouragement and support from all and sundry.


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