MESAU Consortium Defines the Minimum Competencies for Medical Education in Uganda

The goal of health professional education including medical education is to improve population health. It is vital that our medical graduates have the required competencies to deal with the health needs of communities in Uganda and beyond. It is good practices that competencies should be considered in planning medical curricula, as well as studentsÔÇÖ instruction and assessment. Aligning the education goals, instruction and outcomes is important step towards producing medical graduates who can meet the population needs, empower communities and enhance human wellbeing.┬á

The MESAU consortium institutions with participation of stakeholders including ministries of education and of health and non-governmental organizations has defined the minimum competencies required for medical education in Uganda and these are also generally applicable to the other health professional education programs that we are targeting namely nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, medical radiography and later environmental health. The competencies outlined below have become anchors for revision and development of various curricula at MESAU partner institutions:

Medical Knowledge
Graduates should demonstrate the ability to recall knowledge of human structure, function, development and pathophysiology; and of epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences and apply it in providing care to individuals, families and society.

Clinical skills and patient care
Graduates should  effectively use  motor and cognitive skills to provide  appropriate diagnosis, management and prevention of common health problems encountered in patient care.

Critical inquiry and scientific method 
Graduates should understand and use of scientific theory, methodology and critical thinking skills to conduct research, interpret findings and apply these to improve individual, family and community health.

Professionalism and ethical practice
Graduates should demonstrate through knowledge and behavior a commitment to the highest standards of clinical care, ethics, integrity and accountability to the patient, society and the profession.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Graduates should demonstrate effective inter-personal and communication skills with a wide range of individuals and groups in order to provide appropriate health care.

Leadership and Management Skills
Graduates should demonstrate appropriate leadership and management skills for effective and efficient health systems. 

Population Health
Graduates should demonstrate the ability to work with the community to promote health, prevent disease and empower communities in order to produce a healthy population.

Continuous Improvement of Care through Reflective Practice
Graduates should demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their practice, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve health care based on constant self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

Health Systems Management
Graduates should demonstrate an understanding of the composition, organization, economics and other interrelated dynamics components of health service provision and the ability to practice within the health system.