Medical school in Uganda

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Medical schools[edit]

As of April 2017 there are nine recognized medical schools in Uganda.[1]

Public universities[edit]

  1. Makerere University School of Medicine - Mulago, Kampala - Founded in 1924
  2. Mbarara University School of Medicine - Mbarara - Founded in 1989
  3. Busitema University Medical School - Mbale - Founded in 2013[2]
  4. Gulu University School of Medicine - Gulu - Founded in 2004

Private universities[edit]

  1. Kampala International University School of Health Sciences - Ishaka, Bushenyi - Founded in 2004[3]
  2. Habib Medical School - Kibuli, Kampala - Founded in 2014[4]
  3. St. Augustine International University College of Health, Medical & Life Sciences - Mulago, Kampala - Founded in 2012[5]
  4. International Health Sciences University School of Medicine - Namuwongo, Kampala - Founded In 2008[6]
  5. Uganda Martyrs University School of Medicine - Nsambya, Kampala - Founded in 2010


Admission to medical school in Uganda requires the candidate to have attained the pre-requisite minimum score on the A-level national examinations leading to the award of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or UACE, administered by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB). Proficiency in Biology or Zoology, Chemistry and Physics at A-level standards are requirements for entry into Ugandan medical schools.

Medical training[edit]

Training leading to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) lasts five (5) years, if there are no re-takes.


There is a major examination after the first year. If the candidate does not pass, the candidate will repeat first year. Another major examination is given after second year. A failing candidate will have to repeat second year. After each clinical rotation, the candidate is examined and failing candidates are required to repeat that rotation during the next vacation period.

The last major examination is the final 5th Year MBChB examination. This is divided into three parts:

  • A written Examination in each of the following disciplines: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • A bedside clinical examination with living patients, involving a "long case" and a series of "short cases" in each of the four specialties.
  • An oral examination (also called a "viva"), before two clinical examiners, in each of the four subjects.

The final year clinical examinations in each of the four clinical disciplines are attended by an "External Examiner", often a professor of International or Regional repute, from a foreign medical school. The examiners arrange it so that the excelling students and those who are on the verge of failing are seen by the External Examiner in at least one of the clinical face-to-face encounters. So if you are a candidate and you go before the "External Examiner", it usually means that you are either excelling in your field or you are on the verge of failing that subject.


After successfully passing the final 5th year examinations, one is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). A year of internship in a hospital designated for that purpose, under the supervision of a specialist in that discipline is required before an unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery is granted by the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council. Six months of the internship must be spent in a medical discipline (either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics) and another six months in a surgical discipline (either Surgery or Obstetrics and Gynecology).

Internship hospitals[edit]

The following hospitals are designated "Internship Hospitals" in Uganda, provided there is a specialist in the required field willing to supervise the intern at the particular hospital:

  1. Mulago National Referral Hospital
  2. Arua Regional Referral Hospital
  3. Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital
  4. Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
  5. Hoima Regional Referral Hospital
  6. Jinja Regional Referral Hospital
  7. Kabale Regional Referral Hospital
  8. Lira Regional Referral Hospital
  9. Masaka Regional Referral Hospital
  10. Mbale Regional Referral Hospital
  11. Mbarara National Referral Hospital
  12. Mengo Hospital
  13. Moroto Regional Referral Hospital
  14. Mubende Regional Referral Hospital
  15. St. Francis Hospital Nsambya
  16. Soroti Regional Referral Hospital
  17. Lubaga Hospital (Formerly Rubaga Hospital)
  18. St. Mary's Hospital Lacor

Postgraduate training[edit]

Specialization training, lasting three years, (provided there are no re-takes), leading to the award of the degree of Master of Medicine (MMed) in the particular discipline is available at Makerere University School of Medicine in the following disciplines: (both medical and surgical disciplines award the MMed)

Makerere University School of Public Health, located on Mulago Hill, offers the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH) following a 22-month period of study which includes field work.[7]

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded following a period of instruction, research and examination (typically three to five years), in select clinical disciplines. A recognized master's degree is required prior to admission into the PhD program.