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. Read more about BSc (Honours) in Palliative Care

Volunteering Overview

Volunteering with the Department

Volunteering as preceptor (= Family physician coach for medical students) in an under- and postgraduate Community & Family Medicine Rotation Program in a rural hospital for 6 weeks.

The Family medicine undergraduate program organised by the Department of Family Medicine trains medical students in working in a rural setting.
For this the  Departments asks for help of Family Practitioners (FPs ~ huisarts/ tropenarts/ GPs) to assist in the training for 6 weeks. Preferably you do it more times (max. twice a year).
The travel and lodging are at your own expense.
The first period is for Cohort 3: Monday 29 January till Friday 9 March 2018
The 2nd period is for Cohort 4: Monday 19 March till Friday 27 April 2018.
For those who like to plan long in advance, we provide the dates of further cohorts:
The 3nd period is for Cohort 5: Monday 3 September till Friday 14 October 2018.
The 4th period is for Cohort 6: Monday 5-November till Friday 16 -December 2018
The 5th period is for Cohort 7: Monday 28 January till Friday 10 March 20198.
The 6th period is for Cohort 8: Monday 18 March till Friday 28 April 2018.
For the full schedule in Excel click

The 6 weeks consist of 1 week both teaching & lectures week in Blantyre (Monday-Friday)
4 weeks preceptor in Mangochi district hospital,
1 week exam week Blantyre.
It is an attractive option for Dutch FPs/ former tropical doctors (huisarts/ tropenartsen) to work as additional staff in a rural hospital coaching students in FM-principles, communication & skills.
Read the narrative of one day of the volunteers on education in Mangochi district hospital
Before or after the 6 weeks there is an opportunity for travelling and tourism.

Neno hospital (Partners In Health; PIH) and Nkhoma hospital have their own US-FPs who work in the same undergraduate program. PIH has made an excellent document for preceptors in Neno hospital on what preparations to make but the document is also applicable for Mangochi.

For further information we recommend contacting
1. Miriam van der Goor (coordinator) or
2. Barbara Swarthout
3. John Parks (Head of Department (HoD).
You may have to register with the Malawian Medical board

News and Updates

Maphunziro a Undergraduate

March 28th, 2018|0 Comments

We are excited to share with you our newsletter for the month of March. Link here


March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

LECTURERS Our department is currently recruiting lecturers: Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine (For more details click here) Lecturer in Family Medicine Postgraduate program (For [...]

Chisamaliro chokwanira

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Welcome to the February Newsletter 2018

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.

Mrs Chifundo Kapito
Mrs Chifundo KapitoAdministrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant for the Family Medicine Department. She is from Malawi, Chifundo joined the department in February 2018 and she is based at the Blantyre Campus. She holds a Diploma in Secretarial Studies. Her role in the Family Medicine department includes; record keeping, preparing documents, making bookings and providing general Administrative support to the department.

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