Throughout the 4-year program, students will see patients during a series of clinical placements. Each clinical placement is preceded by a 1-week didactic contact session. Fundamentally, the contact sessions provide the student with what to focus on during their clinical placements.
District and CHAM Hospitals, Health Centres and Community Attachment
Over the 4 years, students will rotate through departments at the hospital, health centres and communities served by the district. Upon completion of each rotation, a one-week classroom-based contact session is held to prepare students for their next rotation.
The Clinical practice will be facilitated by specialists at the host hospital. The host hospital has a site team comprising of a specialist Family Physician (site supervisor) and three to five other specialists. This forms the core teaching team. The students will be in the site for at least 40 weeks in a year.
Central Hospital Attachment
Students will also rotate at a Central Hospital to gain specialized skills not currently available at District training sites (e.g. anaesthesia, orthopaedics Intensive Care Services etc.).
For the elective period in the third year, a process has been started to work with Witwatersrand University in South Africa, which has been a partner in the development of the Family Medicine program in Malawi since 2009.