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.
School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences
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:
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.
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.
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.