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Program Details

Faculty : Faculty of Health Sciences

Program Name : Pre-Medical Programme

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 34 Option 1:31 (Maths + three Pure Sciences) Option 2: 24 (Maths + Science D/Award)


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 4

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade D in English Language and a grade of C in Mathematics, and grades of C in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or a minimum of grade BB in Science Double Award or equivalent, or a minimum of A in Physical Science and a C in Biology, or equivalent. Successful completion of Level 100 of the BSc programme, or A_level holders with a minimum of grade B in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics or equivalent, and a 4- week period of clinical exposure at Princess Marina Hospital or Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital, maybe admitted directly into Level 200. Entry Requirements to the pre-medical programme (a) BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade E in English Language and a grade of C or better in any two courses from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a minimum of grade BB in Science Double Award or equivalent and a minimum of A in Physical Science and a C in Biology or equivalent. (b) A-Level (Advanced Level) holders can enter at the second year provided that they have completed the clinical exposure track of the first year. (N.B. Top A' Level students may apply for direct entry to many medical schools including UB, bypassing the University's premedical programme entirely). (c) First year students in Level 100 of the BSc degree may apply to transfer to Level 200 of the Premedical programme if they have performed well academically (i.e., achieved GPAs of at least 3.5 in all three Level 100 Sciences, 3.0 in Level 100 Mathematics and 3.0 in at least one of the General Education Courses), have been performed satisfactorily (a grade of at least "very good"); in the clinical exposure course that takes place between year one and two, and have succeeded in being designated for a career in medicine by the Ministry of Education (if a citizen of Botswana). Admission to the School of Medicine The University of Botswana selects students to enter the new medical degree programme in August, over May and June. Students seeking admission must apply by 1st April. These students will be selected on the basis of their year one results in Pre-Med, BSc or A' level results, followed by assessment of their application form short essay and interviews. Personal and professional behaviours, academic performance and communication skills will be considered in the process. Successful candidates will be immediately enrolled in the School of Medicine to begin the Phase One Problem Based Learning (PBL) Curriculum. It should be noted that for students not admitted to UB Medical School from the Pre-Med programme, the application process may vary with the different medical schools. Those who gain admission to those other medical schools with which the Botswana Government has partnerships will generally report after successful completion of the level 200 Pre-Med programme. Those who qualify for the University’s South African and Australian partner medical schools may transfer there after three semesters to accommodate the academic schedules of those schools. Undergraduate Degree Programme The undergraduate programme is six years in length and divided into three parts. The first part is the first year of the current pre- medical programme, with some clinical exposure. Part two (Phase 1 of the MBBS program) will require 2 years in a fully integrated curriculum of basic medical sciences within clinical PBL cases and clinical skills teaching with regular clinical attachments. A 10 week Winter Semester has been added to allow for the greater intensity of medical education and an external rural clinical attachment. The teaching methodology is based on body systems and includes plenary lectures, PBL within small groups, workshops, with laboratories and clinical skills for practical learning. The curriculum is intended to have a strong focus on the community. It is flexible to meet the needs of both faculty and students, and respond to changing health care demands of the country. Design of the PBL content reflects the health problems and resources of the community. The third part, or the three subsequent Phase 2 years will have required hospital and clinic rotations in the major disciplines. These experiences will be enhanced with an opportunity to explore community services and public health efforts. Some time will be spent in distant parts of the country to gain experience in rural medical practice. The initial 36 students who entered the MBBS programme in August 2009 are expected to graduate from the University of Botswana, School of Medicine in June 2014. Internship The period of out-of country training varies from one medical school to another. It is usually five or six years. On completion of their medical training, doctors are expected to do a one-year internship in Botswana before being registered by the Botswana Health Professions Council (BHPC) to practice independently as a doctor. This is consisting of 2 Phases with Phase 2 program are for 3 years

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE Credits : 5
  CARDIOVASCULAR & RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS Credits : 5
  GASTROINTESTINAL AND URINARY SYSTEMS Credits : 6

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  MUSCULAR SKELETAL, NERVOUS SYSTEM AND SPECIAL SENSES Credits : 6
  BLOOD AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Credits : 4
  GROWTH, REPRODUCTION & ENDOCRINE SYSTEM Credits : 6

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  SKIN, PATHOLOGY, ATHEROSCLEROSIS & CANCER Credits : 5
  INFECTION - VIRAL BACTERIAL & PARASITIC DISEA Credits : 6
  PREGNANCY, BIRTH & CHILD HEALTH Credits : 5

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  URINARY SYSTEM II Credits : 2
  CARDIOVASCULAR & RESPIRATORY SYSTEM II Credits : 5
  MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM II Credits : 5
  NERVOUS SYSTEM & SENSES II Credits : 4
  COMMUNITY ATTACHMENT-PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT II Credits : 4
  GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASE Credits : 5

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 4.
Contact Details :
4775 Notwane Rd. Gaborone, Botswana Private Bag UB 0022. Tel: +(267) 355 0000 Gaborone, Botswana