A consortium approach to competency-based undergraduate medical education in Uganda: process, opportunities and challenges

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Education for Health

Background: Uganda, like the rest of Africa, is faced with serious health challenges including human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), other infectious diseases and increasing non-communicable diseases, yet it has a significant shortage of health workers. Even the few health workers available may lack desired competencies required to address current and future health challenges. Reducing Uganda's disease burden and addressing health challenges requires Ugandan medical schools to produce health workers with the necessary competencies. This study describes the process which a consortium of Ugandan medical schools and the Medical Education Partnership for Equitable Services to all Ugandans (MESAU) undertook to define the required competencies of graduating doctors in Uganda and implement competency-based medical education (CBME).


Methods: A retrospective qualitative study was conducted in which document analysis was used to collect data employing pre-defined checklists, in a desktop or secondary review of various documents. These included reports of MESAU meetings and workshops, reports from individual institutions as well as medical undergraduate curricula of the different institutions. Thematic analysis was used to extract patterns from the collected data.

Kiguli S, Mubuuke R, Baingana R, Kijjambu S, Maling S, Waako P, Obua C, Ovuga E, Kaawa-Mafigiri D, Nshaho J, Kiguli-Malwadde E, Bollinger RC, Sewankambo N. A consortium approach to competency-based undergraduate medical education in Uganda: process, opportunities and challenges. Education for Health. 2014;27(2): [p. 163-169] DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.143774. PMID: 25420979

  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda

  • Makerere University College of Natural Sciences, Kampala, Uganda

  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda

  • Gulu University, Gulu, Uganda

  • Makerere University School of Social Sciences, University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kampala, Uganda

  • Kampala International University, Kampala, Uganda

  • African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, Kampala, Uganda