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The University of Botswana's school of medicine is expected to produce its first batch of graduates in October of this year.

UB deputy director in the department of public affairs, Mr Tefo Mangope said in an interview that the school of medicine would produce 36 graduates. He said the students were the first group to enrol for medical studies when the school started operations in August 2009.

“We are hoping that all the students will graduate in October. But that entirely depends on whether they pass their examinations,” he said. He added that after graduation the doctors would undergo a one year internship programme in selected public hospitals.

He also revealed that after the internship programme, the doctors will be allowed to practice independently and provide much needed health services to Batswana.

He added that the school of medicine had sufficient laboratory space for practical examinations and enough capacity to absorb 50 under graduate students per year. Mr Mangope also revealed that the UB School of Medicine had members of staff who originated from 15 countries including Botswana.

“We have 87 members of staff. These are highly skilled professionals whose qualifications cover 29 disciplines across the biomedical and clinical sciences. However, there are 36 vacant posts that are still to be filled,” he said.

The UB School of Medicine currently has 230 undergraduate medical students. The first 36 enrolled in 2009, 44 in 2010, 42 in 2011, 55 in 2012, and 53 in 2013.

Mr Mangope also revealed that there were 71 postgraduate students who were studying master of medicine, of which four specialised in emergency medicine while six specialised in anatomical pathology.

“Nine of our post graduate students are studying public health medicine, 16 internal medicine, 17 family medicine while 20 postgraduates students are studying paediatrics and adolescent health,” said Mr Mangope.

Mr Mangope also revealed that the use of cadavers is not necessary for undergraduate medical students. He said the school of medicine has a computerized anatomy table and various models that are used by the students for their practical subjects.

However, he admitted that cadavers would be useful for courses like master of medicine in surgery. Mr Mangope also revealed that no human body parts have been donated for the school of medicine so far.

Since the new academic hospital is still under construction, students use public hospitals like Princess Marina, Sbrana, Mahalapye District Hospital, Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital and other clinics for their practicals. Ends

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