Teaching Programs

The Family Medicine clerkship, a six week rotation, starting with lectures at the main campus followed by four weeks spent at a clinical preceptor site and a final week at campus. The aim of the clerkship is to expose you to the practice of family medicine and primary care in the setting of a district or rural site.

In this rotation, students will learn different models of consultation, communication, principles of chronic care and continuity of care, Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), adolescent health, family health, geriatric care, palliative care, and ethics in the context of primary care.

This clerkship is distinct from others in the MBBS curriculum. The patients students evaluate may not have seen a health care worker before ―i.e., they are undifferentiated. They may have no diagnosis or may be presenting with new symptoms, giving the student an opportunity to make first impressions. Each of the patients students evaluate are considered as an integrated whole, and all of his/her problems will be attended to within the context of his/her family and community. Read more on the MBBS Family Medicine Rotation.

The aim of the MMED-Family Medicine program is to provide high quality postgraduate education in family medicine, which will produce specialists who have the broad range of competencies necessary in the management of the primary care team and in the provision of integrated, comprehensive, continuous and person-centred care. Read more about the MMED-Family Medicine
Our Masters of Medicine (MMed) in Family Medicine officially started in 2015. This MMed program is 4 years long and its unique from all MMeds because our registrars (postgraduate students) are based at a district hospital. Currently our training sites are Nkhoma Mission Hospital and Mangochi District Hospital.

Follow this link to check out the profiles of our Postgraduate students: Click here

The Palliative Care degree programme aims to produce palliative care experts from a range of health disciplines who can take on clinical, service development, educational, managerial and research and development roles to build on palliative care across the region in both the private and public sectors.

Palliative care is specialized health care for people with life-limiting or serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with symptoms’ relief and relieving stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and the family. Palliative care is best provided within a multidisciplinary team) who work together to provide an extra layer of care and support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. In our setting, palliative care is largely being provided for cancer patients, HIV and then a host of other diseases e.g. chronic renal failure. Read more about BSc (Honours) in Palliative Care

Volunteering Overview

The Department receives a wide range of inquiries from individuals and groups expressing an interest to partner with us and support our work in some way. Before reaching out to us, it is recommended to look through our website and become familiar with our programs. We have found partnerships can mutually enhance our work, and provide a beneficial experience for the volunteer. You are welcome to explore our volunteer page to learn more.

News and Updates

Apply: Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Palliative Care

November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

Applications are now open for our Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Palliative Care. Details available on the following documents: 2020-2021 UNIMA mature entry Advertisement for [...]

AAFP Global Health Summit and WONCA World Rural Conference highlights

October 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Welcome to our October highlights we will share with you pictures of some of our Faculty and registrars in the United States of America. The [...]

September 2019 Newsletter: Maubale; Partnerships

September 25th, 2019|0 Comments

We are excited to share with you our September 2019 newsletter: Click Here to read more

Dr Martha Makwero
Dr Martha MakweroSenior Advisor

Senior Advisor – Dr. Makwero is a Malawian Family Doctor. She is a PHD fellow, with the Consortium for advanced Research Training in Africa ( CARTA) Fellow, Post grad Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mmed Family Medicine (SA)
Martha Makwero is a versatile frontline worker in primary health care in Malawi . As a family Medicine specialist she is an all rounder. She works as a clinician in a primary care as well as secondary and tertiary settings appreciating service delivery issues from the grassroots across all tiers of care to the tertiary level. She is also a growing researcher in implementation research in primary health care delivery . Research interests are in maternal and child health, Non Communicable Diseases and quality care delivery in primary Health care in Martha is also an academic, serving as a clinical lecturer at the College of Medicine. She is involved in teaching frontline doctors in Family Medicine at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Family medicine is unique in Malawi health system in that it looks at patients holistically taking into consideration their biopsychosocial context and system issues, incorporating such aspects into care. Thus able to look at health care from a broader health system lens adding value to our district heath system.

Dr Prosper Lutala
Dr Prosper LutalaDeputy Head of Department

Lecturer Family Medicine – Originally from Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Lutala joined the department as a lecturer based in Mangochi, Malawi in November 2014. He has lived in Malawi since 2006, and previously worked for United Nations Volunteers. He completed Family Medicine postgraduate training in 2003 at Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA), and undergraduate studies in 1995 at University of Lubumbashi.

Dr John Parks
Dr John ParksHead of Department

Head of Department Family Medicine – A family doctor, originally from the United States, John joined the Department in July 2015. He completed family medicine postgraduate training in 2013 at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA), and completed a health policy fellowship in Washington, DC in 2014 prior to moving to Malawi in August of 2014.

Dr Miriam van Goor
Dr Miriam van GoorClinical Lecturer Family Medicine

Trained as a huisarts (family doctor), Miriam worked with the Family Medicine Department when it started undergraduate programs in 2011. Originally from the Netherlands, she completed undergraduate studies in Utrecht and postgraduate family medicine training at Nijmegen. She has been living in Malawi with her family continuously since December 2001.

Dr Jane Bates
Dr Jane BatesLecturer Internal Medicine and Family Medicine

Jane Bates BSc, MBChB, MRCGP, MPhil (Pall Med) Coming from a background of family medicine training in the UK, Jane has worked in Africa for over 15 years. After working in South Africa she moved to Malawi in 2002 where she has set up adult palliative medicine services and related training at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Her research interests include HIV palliative care, Kaposis sarcoma, and cross cultural communication.

Ireen Ntiza
Ireen NtizaAdministrative Assistant

Ireen Ntiza is an Administrative professional with 9 years experience. She works as the Administrative Assistant with College of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. She holds a Diploma in Business Management (ABE) and Advanced Certificates in Secretarial Studies (City and Guilds). Currently she is pursuing a Bachelors of Business Admnistration.

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