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
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.

News and Updates


April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

THE HOLISTIC - FAMILY MEDICINE MALAWI (PDF) Accessible as PDF via the link above, this is the first  issue of "THE HOLISTIC", a newsletter for [...]

  • The First Family Medicine registrars in training in Malawi

Launch of Post Graduate Family Medicine training in Malawi

March 16th, 2016|0 Comments

On 25 February 2016, an exciting event occurred in Malawi, the launch of postgraduate family medicine training. Malawi is a landlocked country of about 17 million [...]

Farewell to three US Family Doctors

March 6th, 2016|0 Comments

The Department has recently added staff and await the arrival of others, we also have several departing staff. In addition to Dr. Martha Makwero, Head [...]

Dr Martha Makwero
Dr Martha MakweroSenior Advisor

Senior Advisor – Dr. Makwero is a Malawian Family Doctor. She has been a Lecturer with the Department at the Malawi College of Medicine since 2012. Prior to joining the Malawi College of Medicine, she worked as the Director of the Family Medicine Specialty Training Program, Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance (Lesotho). She completed medical school at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in 2000 and postgraduate training in Family Medicine at University of Free State in South Africa in 2010.

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.

Gloria Namacha
Gloria NamachaAdministrative Assistant
Staff Administrative Support Family Medicine Department. She is from Malawi, Gloria joined the department in 2014 on her current role. She holds an honors degree in Business Management and is based in Blantyre. Her role in the department includes, preparing document, record keeping, and providing general support to the faculty and students.

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