GRADUATE MEDICAL PROGRAMME

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Family Health Graduate Medical Programme (FGMP) is a programme that will run parallel to the existing Family Health Medical School Programme, affiliated to University of Ghana, which will admit first degree students of science and science-related background. The duration of the programme will be four (4) years, consisting of two phases: the first phase (Phase I) will be one and a half (1½) years made up of three semesters, and followed by a second clinical phase (Phase II) of two and a half (2½) years. Phase I of the programme will run, using an integrated modular system, on a semester basis as course credit system. Phase II will run with the existing Family Health Medical clinical programmes.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FAMILY HEALTH GRADUATE MEDICAL PROGRAMME

Candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Basic, Medical, Biological, Biomathematical, Physical Sciences, or any relevant science related subject with second class (lower divisions) and above, or its equivalent could be admitted. Other equivalent degrees include: UK degrees; Lower Second-Class Honours (2.2) and United States of America degrees: Final Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or higher than 3.0 (Magna Cum Laude).

2.1 MODULES OF PHASE I

YEAR I

SEMESTER 1

CODE COURSE TITLE WEEKS CREDITS*
FGMP 301 Cell   Biology   &   Molecular   Foundation   of

 

Medicine

15 7
FGMP 303 Human Anatomy 15 7
FGMP 305 Infection & Immunity 15 7
TOTAL CREDITS 21

*Credit made up of five (5) contact hours for lectures/ team-based learning and three (3) hours for practical per week. Provision has been made for extra hours for self-directed learning.

SEMESTER 2

CODE COURSE TITLE WEEKS CREDITS*
FGMP 302 Mechanisms of Disease 15 5
FGMP 304 Nutrition and Metabolism in Health & Disease 15 5
FGMP 306 Cardiovascular System 15 5
FGMP 308 Respiratory System 15 5
FGMP 312 Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary System 15 5
TOTAL

 

CREDITS

25

*Credit made up of four (4) contact hours for lectures/ team-based learning and three (3) hours for practical per week.

SEMESTER 3

CODE COURSE TITLE WEEKS CREDITS
FGMP 401 Renal, Body Fluids & Reproductive System 15 5
FGMP 403 Neuroscience 15 5
FGMP 405 Population Health & Medical Statistics 15 5
FGMP 407 Haematopoietic & Lymphoreticular System 15 5
FGMP 409 Medical   Psychology,   Behavioural   Science   &

 

Sociology

15 4
TOTAL CREDITS 24

*Credit made up of five (5) contact hours for lectures/ team-based learning and three (3) hours for practical per week. Provision has been made for extra hours for self-directed learning.

Mode of Delivery

  •   Didactic lectures
  •   Team-based learning
  •   Self-directed learning
  •   Problem-based learning
  •   Tutorials
  •   Seminar
  •   Practicals
  •   Hands-on experience practical skill development sessions
  •   Evening ward/Clinic attendance
  •   Field trip
  •   Telemedicine

2.2 ASSESSMENT

Students will be evaluated through Formative and Summative Assessments which will contribute 40% and 60% respectively to the final semester mark. The pass mark for each module will be 60%.

2.2.1 FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

This examination will contribute 40% to the final semester mark.

There would be one (1) continuous assessment made up of multiple choice questions and long/short essays towards the end of the module as well as a minimum of two (2) Team-Based Learning (TBL) assessments and one (1) Practical/Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) per semester.

2.2.2 SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

This examination will contribute 60% to the final semester mark.

There will be one of 2-part theory paper and an oral examination for each module:

   Part  1 – MCQs (50% of Summative mark)

   Part  2 – long and/or short essays (40% of Summative mark)

   Oral examination: (10% of Summative mark).

2.3 SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS

There will be two supplementary examinations:

  1. The first will take place after End of Semester 2 examinations – to re-sit failed End of Semesters 1 and 2 examinations 4 to 6 weeks following the declaration of the results of the main examinations.
  2.  The second will be written after Semester 3, to re-sit failed Semester 3 examinations 4 to 6 weeks following the declaration of the results of the main examinations.

A student who fails in

a.  All three modules in Semester 1 OR fails in 2 modules with an average mark (for the 3 Semester 1 Modules) of less than 45% will be asked to withdraw from the course.

b. More than 5 modules (Semester 1 and 2 examinations) at the end of Semester 2 with an average mark of 45% or more will be expected to repeat.

c. More than 5 modules in Semester 1 and 2 examinations at the end of the Semester 2 with an average mark of less than 45% will be asked to withdraw.

A student can only progress to Semester 2 if he/she passes at least one Semester 1 module with an average mark of not less than 45% (for all 3 semester 1 modules examinations). The failed module examinations will be written at the end of Semester 2 Main examinations.

2.4 PROGRESSION TO PHASE II

To progress to the clinical phase (Phase II), students who obtain between 45% – 60% shall be permitted to write supplementary examination to obtain a mark equal to or higher than 60% before proceeding to the clinical phase.

A. A student who fails in more than 4 modules in Semester 3 (not including Medical Sociology

and General Psychology) with an average mark of less than 45% will be asked to withdraw.

B. A student who fails in 3 or less modules in Semester 3 (not including Medical Sociology and General Psychology) will be required to take the Semester 3 supplementary examinations. Subsequently if he/she is unsuccessful in any of the modules at the re-sit examination, he/she will be asked to repeat Semester 3 the following year and audit Semesters 1 and 2 Modules.

If a student fails 3 attempts at any module examination, he/she shall be asked to withdraw from the programme.