About SMAHS

School of Medicine & Allied Health SciencesTo provide the critical trained and skilled human resources needed to realise the aims of Vision 2020, The University of The Gambia (UTG) was established by an Act of The National Assembly of The Gambia in 1999. The School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences was one of the foundation Faculties and the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (renamed Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital [EFSTH] in 2013) was retrospectively upgraded to Teaching Hospital status by an Act of the Gambian National Assembly (EFSTH Act 2006). SMAHS, since inception, has run degree programmes in Medicine (MB ChB), Nursing & Reproductive Health (BSc), and Public & Environmental Health (BSc). From 2010, SMAHS additionally offered certificate and diploma-level programmes for Health technicians in Pharmacy, Laboratory Science, Radiography and Physiotherapy. A new degree programme (BSc Physiotherapy) was commenced in November 2014, as a collaborative project with Lleida University in Spain. Masters programs are available in Nursing & Public Health.

The School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences has continued to implement programs for training health professionals for the country. The output for the undergraduate medical training course is summarised in the table below: the first intake for this course was in 1999. The School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences has continued to implement programs for training health professionals for the country. The output for the undergraduate medical training course is summarised in the table below: the first intake for this course was in 1999

School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences

Department of Surgical Sciences

The Surgical Sciences Department is located in the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul. The vision is not only to teach but also to make it a centre of excellence providing high quality care to The Gambian populace. The mission is to provide the people of The Gambia with international standard of medical care which attracts patients and staff from the West African subregion. Thus the department is active in training both its undergraduate and post graduate staff giving room to career prospects sufficient to retain them. General Surgery is accreted for Post graduate training by the West African College of Surgeons.

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Department of Nursing & Reproductive Health

The Department currently has four academic programmes, namely, the BSc.Nursing (2years 6 months), BSc Nursing (4 years), Diploma in Community Health Nursing and MSc Nursing programmes. Presently, the MSc Nursing programme consists of three specialization tracts: administration, education and community health. This Department has strong inter-departmental collaborative ties with other departments of the University and is developing strengths in the
courses it offers. Each year we attempt to improve the quality of our teaching and research. The programmes (and courses) offered during the period under review are outlined as follows:

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Department of Medicine & Therapeutics

The Department of Medicine & Therapeutics is a large department in charge of clinical courses of medical programme as well as nurse advance health and physical assessment and comprises the following 4 units: Internal Medicine, Community Medicine, Psychiatry and Pharmacology. It is expected that each of these units will evolve into full departments as the staffing and facilities situation improves. The department is in charge of the courses in Haematology and Pharmacology. These are taught principally during the fourth and fifth years of the medical programme. The courses and clinical attachments in Internal Medicine are spread over the fourth, fifth and sixth years of the medical programme.

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Department of Public and Environmental Health

The mission of the Department of Public and Environmental Health is to prepare an outstanding and innovative public health workforce and scientists that will be capable of protecting and promoting the health of the populations in the Gambia, the sub- region and beyond. Through rigorous research, we seek to advance public health science and policy; and work collaboratively with other institutions to  dentify and proffer solutions to public health challenges in the Gambia and among global populations.

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Department of Biomedical Sciences

The department is in charge of the pre clinical courses (Second and Third Years of the Medical Programme). It is also responsible for the entire biomedical sciences Faculty requirement courses of the Nursing and Public & Environmental Health Programmes; as well as some lecturers contribute to deliver programs for clinical years and master degree programme.

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