Department of Medicine and Surgery


The school was founded in 2010 as one of the private medical schools in Somalia with the aim to develop new approaches to academic medical education and research.

The school adopted an innovative Program, which is integrated horizontally and vertically, problem and community oriented and stresses on self-directed learning. The program is taught in 12 semesters including one-year internship each semester is 18-26 weeks including the time and period of examination. The school adopted the credit hour system and continuous evaluation using cumulative grade point average (CGPA). The Courses in the semester are arranged in blocks (modules) for which weeks and credit hours are allocated. The total credit hours planned for medical students are 222 before they go to the internship program. The teaching is concentrated on one module and at the end of the module the Students are evaluated. Few Courses are implemented longitudinally (one day a week) e.g. University requirements (Arabic – English- Somali and Islamic studies & Computer sciences) in semesters one & two and primary health care center practice (one day) in semesters five & six.

 

MISSION & INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES

A mission objective of the school of Medicine at University of Somalia is to:

      1. Graduate a practitioner with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), with     strong community orientation and ethical understanding.
      2. Contribute to community development & health services.
      3. Support of basic & applied research in particular in areas relevant to the needs of the society.
      4. Support of professional & educational development of teaching staff.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CURRICULUM

At the end of the MBBS Course, the learner shall be able to:

  1. Acquire the knowledge of the normal structure, function and development of the human body & mind.
  2. Diagnose and manage common health problems of the individual and the community with special emphasis on the nutritional and environmental problems common in developing countries.
  3. Integrate basic, community and clinical sciences in solving community, family and individual health problems.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills, both verbal and written to establish effective communication with the clients (patients, relatives, and general public), health team partners, and scientific community,
  5. Interpret and integrate the history and physical examination findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis or differential diagnosis.
  6. Manage emergencies, and decide and act properly on cases needing referrals to specialized centers or personnel.
  7. Practice medical ethics in patient care, service delivery, and research
  8. Develop attitude for self-learning and acquire necessary skills including the use of appropriate technologies, for pursuing self-directed learning for a life time.
  9. Adhere to “health team “approach, acting as an efficient member, capable of its leadership, dividing labor and responsibilities among the members, and ensuring both effectiveness and homogeneity among the members.

EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES

The learning Strategies of the school of Medicine Emphasize the Following:-

    1. Early acquisition of basic skills.
    2. Student - center learning, and maximum student responsibility in the learning process.
    3. Problem - oriented learning.
    4. Community - oriented educational activities.
    5. Integration of basic science, community and clinical practice.
    6. Self - and peer education and evaluation.
    7. Teamwork approach.
    8. Electives.
    9. Continuous education.

EDUCATIONAL METHODS

The school adopts the following methods in the daily program of activities:

      1. Problem oriented education.
      2. Lectures, Seminars and small group discussions.
      3. Field practice in rural and primary health care setting and societies not less than 1/5th of the timetable.
      4. Practical sessions ( laboratory , clinical ) not less than 1/4th of the curriculum

 

 

EVALIATION METHODS

The school of Medicine uses the following evaluation methods:

  1. Student Evaluation
        1. Written: Modified essay question, MCQs, logbook, reports and assignments.
        2. Practical: Structured as much as possible, Objective Structured clinical/practical examination (OSCE/OSPE).
        3. Clinical examination
        4. Student activities (Attendance and performance)
        5. Self and peer evaluation
        6. Exams are administered by the end of the each Course
        7. Mid-exam (assessment) are administrated in the mid of the each major Courses in clerkship
        8. In the final exams given in the end of all Courses after completing consolidating rotations in the four basic clinical disciplines (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and OB/GYN), as well as all subject matter and practical work in Community Medicine and Primary Health Care, including a successful defense of a student’s community health project and research.
    1. Course Evaluation
      1. Student feedback
      2. Coordinators and staff feedback
      3. External examiners reports

 

    1. Program Evaluation:
      1. Feedback (student – graduates staff)
      2. stake holders
      3. community

 

 

 

The tables below list the courses taken in each semester with their credit hours.

Year One

Year one- Semester one

Code

Course title

Credit hours

MED1101

Introduction to medical education and health

2

MED1102

Medical terminology (1)

2

MED1103

Cell biology

3

MED1104

Chemistry

2

MED1105

Introduction to anatomy

4

MED1106

Histology

2

MED1106

Medical genetics

3

ENG1107

English language (1)

2

LA1108

 Arabic language

2

 

TOTAL

22

Year one-Semester two

Code

Course title

Credit hours

MED1201

Introduction to physiology

3

MED1202

Biochemistry (1)

2

MED1203

Medical terminology (2)

2

MED1204

Human growth and development

4

MED1205

Introduction to medical microbiology and immunology

4

MED1206

Introduction to pathology

3

ENG1207

English language (2)

2

SOME1208

Somali studies

2

TOTAL

 

22

 

 

Year two-Semester three

Code

Course title

Credit hours

MED2301

Nutrition & nutritional biochemistry

4

MED2302

Introduction to Pharmacology

3

MED2303

Musculoskeletal System

6

MED2304

Hematopoietic and lymphoid system

4

CA2305

Computer application

3

ENG2307

English language (3)

2

RE2308

Islamic studies

2

TOTAL

 

24

Year two-Semester four

Code

Course title

Credit hours

MED2401

Respiratory system and related problems

6

MED2402

Cardio vascular system and related problems

6

MED2403

Introduction to community medicine

3

MED2404

Biostatistics and research methodology

4

MED2405

Primary health care & Family medicine-1

3

TOTAL

 

22

 

Year three-Semester five

Code

Course title

Credit hours