Prof. Dr. Tahlil Abdi Afrah
Dean,Faculty of Medicine & Surgery

Faculty of Medicine & Surgery

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As Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Benadir University, I would like to share my commitment to provide our student with comprehensive education and learning environment to reach their full potential in the medical field. I am personally committed to the success of each individual student.

Our academic staffs are the most qualified in their given field of study and are noted for their stellar teaching abilities, their clinical experience, and their scholarly activities placing them at the cutting edge of the medical world.

We aim to provide our students with vast resources of scientific and medical knowledge coupled with and professionalism and compassion toward patients and the community. Our graduates are distinguished not only by their exemplary patient care but also by their remarkable academic achievements.

Through the years, Benadir University College of Medicine has been in the forefront in innovation and research of medicine in the region. Benadir University is one of the few higher education institutions that combines traditional teaching methods with problem-based learning. Students are encouraged to incorporate self-directed learning and the development of active inquiry and critical reasoning skills to their normal curriculum. We also have developed a unique cadre of combined-degree programs that promotes multifaceted skills and knowledge.

The newly established Center for Learning (CoL)is commissioned with the task of upholding consistency for all Benadir educational activities. The center may act as a catalyst for curricular innovation, evaluation, and research at all levels of medical training. This center will ultimately benefit student as their medical program continually improves.

B.U. places upon its shoulders the task of education next generation of and consistently pushing the frontiers of human knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the world of medicine.  As future doctors, our students and graduates are responsible to pass their knowledge in to patients, the community, and the world.

In the late 2007’s, the Institution planned to establish a joint department of Family Medicine and Community Health in recognition of the national need to produce more primary care physicians. This new department is currently underway and attracting many prospective students.

Successful completion of our program enables Benadir graduates to obtain outstanding programs ranging from generalist medicine to highly specialized practice; and subsequently to achieve their fullest potential as clinicians, researchers, and public health workers.

B.U. Faculty of Medicine is very selective and competitive to enroll. Only the most academically astute and morally upright stand a chance in walking the halls of this department.

Introduction

The greatest obstacle to effective and comprehensive health care in the developing countries is the inability to provide sufficient numbers of physicians to care for public health needs.

Quantity of physicians is not the only problem faced by developing countries but also the quality of each physician. Inadequate health care professionals in the region are challenged by understaffing, lack f proper medical equipment, and most of all proper training and experience to tackle the health needs of a mostly poor and uneducated public.

Banadir University cannot address all of the medical health problems of Somalia but it can provide the community and the nation physicians that are both competent and skilled. By educating and training future health care professionals, Benadir University can effectively increase the quantity of healthcare professionals in the community and the nation as well as drastically increasing the quality of healthcare provided. 

Establishment

After several years of civil war and conflicts were  formulated  the intense study and careful planning, the Faculty of Medicine (FOM) was formed with the objectives of producing high quality health care professionals and medical scientists and playing a major role in the development and upgrading of the country’s health care system.

Since its establishment in 2002, the Faculty of Medicine has developed into an internationally recognized medical school, serving Somali Republic . It also reflected international organizations like WHO EMRO.  

BACKGROUND TO THE PROGRAMME.

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree programme at BenadirUniversity (BU) takes five  years to complete. Students who graduate with an MBChB and complete 1year  internship with community service are allowed by the Health Professions Council of Somalia to practise as a medical doctor.

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PROGRAMME

The total population of Somalia according to the most recent Government Census 2015 is 12million people. By the year 2020, the Somali  population is expected to be 20 million. somalia has one of the highest population growth statistics in the World of nearby 6%. The majority of the population is rural based.

There are over forty districts in Somalia. Only the districts with Regional towns and the few districts surrounding those have got doctors. Acute watery diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, TB and Trauma is very much on the increase. This is mainly from war surgery. These common diseases do necessarily occur near both rural and urban areas. Very little is known of the epidemiology of the common medical and surgical disease in Somalia.

OVERALL GOAL

The Benadir University Medical School – in conjunction with the Ministry of higher Education should produce  more doctors, so that the output is at least hundred per year. Each of the district hospitals should have at least  five doctors.

The curriculum for the MBChB at BU programme produces competent doctors with the requisite attitudes, knowledge and skills to enter the health care field with confidence. The programme offers a comprehensive approach to health care that is balanced between preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health care, in a Primary Health Care or community setting.

In addition, the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBChB) degree programme at Benadir University  promotes communication skills, teamwork, professional values and competent clinical practice, in the context of the Primary, Secondary and TertiaryHealth Care systems. Students are equipped with critical thinking and lifelong learning skills.

OBJECTIVES AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

 Objectives

  • Creating viable, sustainable mechanism to facilitate rapid access of the community to quality education.
  • Producing high quality professionals in their field of specialization to contribute to the economic and social development of the country.
  • Improving young people’s cognitive and psychosocial development.
  • Reducing gender disparity and promoting the advancement of the young female.
  • Reducing the drop-out rate and increasing educational opportunities for all.

BU goals and objectives spring from the university’s values and have been developed to move the University towards its vision.

Programme Outcomes

VISION

 The Faculty of Medecine aims provide students the nessary skills and experience in delivery…

To be a center for academic and health service excellence.

MISSION

Faculty of Medicine is compelled morally and socailly to foster the propagation of medical.

We are dedicated to improving the health of the people of Somalia and beyond, promoting health equity by providing quality education, research and health services. We achieve this by enhancing capacity and participation of stakeholders; strengthening systems and partnerships; and harnessing the power of new sciences and technology so as to build and sustain excellence and relevance.

The Faculty organization:

The Organization of the faculty is based on basic sciences, professional course, projects of different discipline and offering specific courses that collectively form the curriculum while majority of the courses of basic sciences are taken during the first two years of study, the professional courses of three years will be dealt for Preclinical & Clinical study, Core Clinical Clerkship we dealt with the rest of the professional academic years of study.

Faculty Department 

  • Department of Basic Sciences 
  • Department of Internal medicine
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Obs /Pediatric
  • Department of Community medicine
  • Department of Research 

 PROGRAMME STRUCTURE 

The Faculty of Medicine & Surgery offers programs of study leading to a degree of Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery  with various departments, the faculty of has affiliated hospital for practical training elective clerkship and core clerkship. The duration is equivalent to six academic years divided in three phase:

  • Phase I Premedical course mostly study in the Basic science course for the first two years.
  • Phase II Preclinical & Clinical Integrated Medical Science
  • Phase III Clinical & Clinical Clerkship
  • The curriculum is 18 weeks per semester. There is a short break after each term and one month between two semesters & two months vacation at the end of academic year.

 REGULATIONS 

The purpose of these regulations is to establish a mechanism for Benadir University to train students to become doctors in the field of medicine. The Degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) will be awarded by Benadir University in the faculty of medicine. Studies and examinations for the Degree will be governed by the General Regulations and Statutes of the University and in addition, by the Regulations of the Faculty of Medicine.

 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

All applicants to undergraduate health sciences programmes at Benadir University who have written the Somali Senior Certificate examinations(formal private education network in somaliaFpens) (2013 and before 2013) or new National Senior Certificate examinations (from 2014) must have exemption from the Somali Matriculation Board or endorsement from the Board, certifying that they are eligible for degree study at a tertiary institution. In addition, there are subject requirements and minimum performance levels for an applicant to qualify for consideration:

For MBChB (medicine), applicants who wrote Senior Certificate examinations in 2013 or before 2013 must have passed Mathematics and Physical Science with at least 40% (E) at Higher Grade or 50% (D) at Standard Grade to be eligible for consideration. Applicants who have written the new National Senior Certificate examinations (from 2014) must have passed Mathematics plus Physical Science plus English at level 4, and meet an overall minimum cut-off point for consideration.

Submit the following documents:

  • Submit Application Letter
  • Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Pay Admission fee through Bank Account
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Good Conduct
  • Health Certificate
  • Six Passport Size Photos (6x4cm)

Dr: Tahliil Abdi Afrah

Dean faculty of Medicine & Surgery