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Postgraduate Medical Education in Uganda

Mulago Hospital is the national referral and teaching hospital of Uganda and offers a unique opportunity to work with highly skilled clinicians who are faced with the task of managing a population with a heavy disease burden within the context of a resource-limited setting. Although the official bed capacity is 1500, the one hundred full-time physicians are often pushed to care for nearly double that number of patients.

Organizational Structure

The collaboration between Makerere University and Yale University, known as MUYU, was formalized in 2006 and has had a significant impact on medical education at both institutions. This collaboration was developed and directed by Dr. Majid Sadigh with strong support from the leadership at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences and the Mulago Hospital, and is now co-directed by Dr. Tracy Rabin and Reverend Professor Sam Luboga. (Please refer to the MUYU Five Year Report for more details.) It has provided opportunities for a two-way exchange of medical students, residents and attending/consultant physicians. A MUYU administrative office has been established at Makerere University, across the street from Mulago Hospital; it is the coordinating hub of activities for our partners.This group of physicians and administrators manage incoming MUYU participants, coordinate connections with physician mentors on different wards and throughout the Ugandan medical community, and organize a wealth of cultural and medical experiences (outlined below).

MUYU has helped to build capacity in a number of other ways, including improving access to the most current information at the Albert Cook Medical Library through a partnership with Yale Medical Library, enhancing the diagnostic and training capacity of Ward 4A's side laboratory, and supporting breast cancer screening efforts by facilitating the donation of two mobile mammography units. MUYU has supported the development of the Rainer Arnhold Senior House Officers' Teaching Support project to organize and enhance post-graduate medical education.

What started as a collaboration between two universities has grown to include participants from many institutions including the University of Vermont, Edinburgh University in Scotland, and Kazan State Medical University in Russia. The work at Makerere has mainly centered on the Department of Internal Medicine, but we continue to explore opportunities to collaborate with other departments.

Participants going to Uganda have found aspects of their experience to be challenging, particularly as they see the disparities in resources and their accompanying effects on health care delivery. Yet their involvement in the MUYU collaboration secures a community of colleagues and mentors with whom to discuss ideas and to formulate steps forward.

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