Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Makerere University – Kampala, Uganda

Northwestern University partners with Makerere University Medical School, located in Kampala, Uganda, and whose campus includes the Institute of Public Health, the Infectious Diseases Institute and Mulago Hospital, the largest hospital in Uganda. First and fourth year medical students are invited to apply to complete a rotation at Makerere and there may also be opportunities for medical students to pursue research projects in global health.

Dates: M1s may visit during the summer only, while M3s & M4s may complete a rotation at various times during the year depending on their schedules

Length of Rotation: Four weeks

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Language Requirement: None

Student level: M1s, M3s, & M4s, MPH students, Residents & Fellows

How to Apply: Complete the Online Application

Rotation Areas: M1s are required to divide their time between Mulago Hospital in Kampala and one of several district hospitals in rural areas outside of the capital.  M1s may gain clinical exposure in Cardiology, Family Planning, Pediatrics, and Family and Community Medicine rotations.  M4s have additional rotations available including Infectious Disease, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Oncology, among many others.

Medical Education Exchange:
FSM students have the opportunity to complete a medical rotation at Mulago hospital in addition to visiting at district hospitals within one day's drive from Kampala. Visiting medical students are able to observe chronic and infectious diseases and treatments that are not commonly seen in the U.S. Fourth-year students generally spend approximately five hours a day, five days a week in Mulago hospital.  First-year students may visit Mulago hospital for a maximum of two weeks and are limited to the following rotations: Cardiology, Family Planning, and Pediatrics and spend the remainder of their time participating in the community based education and service (COBES) program at one of two district hospitals in Kayunga or Kawolo, Uganda, and work in teams with Ugandan medical students on various public health projects.  M4s will have many more clinical rotations open to them.  A maximum of six FSM students may visit Makerere University during any one rotation period.  The dress code at the hospital calls for conservative attire.

FSM students may have the opportunity to join Ugandan medical students in Makerere's Problem-Based Learning curriculum as well as participate in the Community-based Education and Service Program (COBES).  COBES is an innovative aspect of Makerere's medical curriculum, which allows students to exercise social responsibility through service while learning about health-seeking behaviors, the social and economic context of rural life, as well as the value of strategic partnerships and community participation.  Under the supervision of faculty-linked tutor, medical students spend several weeks working in inter-professional teams and with community-healthcare workers on a specific public health and/or health education projects based out of a district hospital in a rural setting. 

Helpful Links:
Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization Country Profile
US State Department

Accommodations: Space permitting, students may stay in the international students dormitory, named Edge House, at Makerere University and at a student house near one of the district hospitals when outside of Kampala.

Fees:  FSM students are required to pay the following fees (USD) to Makerere University for a four week clinical rotation.  The fees below are estimates and are subject to change in the future.  Makerere University may charge additional fees depending on the specific hospital and program which hosts the student.

Evaluations (only accessible to users with a valid NUID)

Dr. Ceppie Merry, Adjunct Professor at FSM and Lecturer and Clinical Researcher at Makerere University, talks about doing a rotation in a developing country:

Student experiences:
The Marabou Stork - blog by Nina Lu while doing her global health rotation in Kampala, Uganda at Makerere University

For More Information:
Makerere University Faculty of Medicine website

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