Internal Medicine Training Programme
Sierra Leone has one of the lowest physician densities in the world; there are 3 physicians for every 100,000 population. The average life expectancy at birth is about 54 years.
A government review has concluded that an effort should be made to upscale in-country training in various medical specialties. Their mission is to provide excellence in medical education and science and address the challenges of health care through, preventative, curative and promotive services to the nation.
In response to this, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health is working with Masanga UK and Partners in Health to create an Internal Medical Training Programme.
The programme enrolls students that have completed their Clinical Science Diploma at the Makeni School of Health Sciences. Once enrolled, students carry out placements at Masanga Hospital and Kono District Hospital.
Here they learn through clinical rotations in Internal, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine supplemented by lectures, bedside teaching, case based discussions and simulation training.
After a successful pilot in 2021, the first group of students passed through Masanga on rotation in 2022, with excellent feedback from the students, trainers and hospital staff. The programme is set to continue to build on this success.