College Of Medicine Malawi Postgraduate MMED Program

College Of Medicine Malawi Postgraduate MMED Program

The postgraduate training program in Family Medicine started with the first trainees at the University Of Malawi College Of Medicine in January 2015. The postgraduate program is four (4) years in length, and upon successful completion leads to the award of a Masters of Medicine (MMED) degree as laid forth and approved by the University of Malawi. The MMED-Family Medicine is a specialist qualification at par with other clinical specialties in Medicine in Malawi.
The aim of the MMED-Family Medicine program is to provide high quality postgraduate education in family medicine, which will produce specialists who have the broad range of competencies necessary in the management of the primary care team and in the provision of integrated, comprehensive, continuous and person-centred care.
By the end of the course Family Medicine Physician will be able to:

  • Improve quality of patient care and the integration of individual and community health care through provision of comprehensive promotive, preventive and curative care
  • Strengthen district health management teams in the rational use of resources for increasing cost-effectiveness with responsibility for quality care in the district hospitals and health centres
  • Enhance conduction of research
  • Apply a holistic approach to clinical management that incorporates the context of the family in the health of individual patients
  • Identify how the individuals’ health can lead to larger community health problems and how interventions at community level can impact on individual health

The Family Medicine Physician is a member of the hospital management team and after successfully completing the MMED course the graduate is expected to display professional behaviour at all times and perform at the district-level in two primary roles as follows:

  1. As a Clinical Specialist:


  • Serve as clinical consultant for the clinical team at the district hospital and its catchment area.
  • Provide clinical services with a high level of competence
  • Lead clinical care in the district from the hospital to the community level
  • Promote comprehensive care practices
  • Integrate services to ensure more efficient, effective care
  • Teach health care staff at all levels in continued professional development
  • Provide mentorship to health care staff at all levels


  1. As a Manager:


  • Participate in the development of district systems as a member of the District Health Management Team
  • Manage human, financial and other resources
  • Identify barriers to quality care
  • Analyse the overall direction of clinical health services in the district
  • Identify strategies for improving outcomes, positioning the district for growth and excellence.


MMED CurriculumPractical Areas of Instruction MMED CurriculumWeeks of Instruction over 4 years per thematic area(Some change may be instituted depending on availability of clinical instructors and appropriate medical equipment to teach)
Year – 1 Year – 2 Year – 3 Year – 4
Child Health 10 8
General Adult Medicine 10 8
Emergency 10 8
Women’s Health 10 10
Research Methodology 12
Surgery 12 9
Orthopaedics 4
Palliative care 8
Anaesthesiology 10
Ear, Nose and Throat 3
Ophthalmology 3
Dermatology 3
Health Systems Management 12
Mental Health 4
Research 12

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