University Of Burundi understudies UDS’ PBL

Tamale An eight member delegation from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Burundi has visited the University for Development Studies (UDS) to understudy the latter’s Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to enhance its academic operations.

The move is to help the Faculty of Medicine, University of Burundi to replicate UDS’ strategy to enhance its academic work especially in the area of training of medical doctors.

Under the PBL, UDS runs the Third Trimester Field Practical Programme (TTFPP), which is an interactive process where students are dispatched to various communities where they and members of the communities identify development problems and challenges of the communities to formulate specific interventions to overcome them.

The delegation, led by Professor Baptiste Ngomirakiza-Hepato, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, University Of Burundi, met with Management and some Lecturers of UDS in Tamale to learn more about the TTFPP.

Professor Ngomirakiza-Hepato was impressed with how UDS’ School of Medicine and Health Science was working to train quality medical doctors, which was important to ensure quality health care delivery.

He assured of the commitment of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Burundi to deepen relations with UDS for more collaboration to produce quality health professionals.

Professor Seidu Al-hassan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UDS said UDS’ TTFPP was designed to ensure quality graduates to meet the demand of institutions as well as the job market.

Professor Al-hassan said It was not easy when we started the programme, we encountered some challenges but we never gave up. Even some Faculty members and students did not like it because they saw that it was completely different from the traditional way of producing doctors where you allow them to stay and do two terms and then come out as doctors. But this one involves tasking the students to work closely with the communities with emphasis on practical.

Prof Al-hassan said with the PBL, Students learn by going to stay and study in various communities and through their experience and observations, they anticipate some of the problems confronting the communities, generate the problem, study around it and then put some minimum guidance for a solution.

Source: Ghana News Agency