Doctor of Medicine Degree (Medical Doctor, MD)
The MD program ensures that students find themselves amongst the best and most committed medical students in the country. Students will follow an innovative curricullum taught by renowned academic and clinical staff. The underlying philosophy of CATUC's School of Health Sciences is the integration of medical sciences and clinical teaching.
Improving the health and well being of the Cameroon population is our ultimate mission. This could be achieved by providing a supportive learning environment where students will acquire a comprehensive skill set that will enable them to develop a critical and reflective approach to research and practice in medicine, hence making to become effective medical doctors. The general and technical courses offered in the programme along with CATUC’s ‘learn by doing’ philosophy will prepare the student for the technical demands of the new millennium.
Objectives of the MD degree
On completing the course, the graduates will have advanced practical experience and would have developed cross functional skills, attained knowledge, and attitudes necessary in today’s work environment, with focus on the following areas.
Basic medical sciences
a. Provide high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of body systems and disease processes;
b. Developed an informed and critical appreciation on recent scientific approach for actions from hypotheses, which lead to self-
c. Process information on normal and abnormal function in molecular, somatic, biological, mental and social structure and function in deriving diagnosis;
d. Effective utilization of information technology to enhance the management of health information.
Clinical and therapeutic methods, procedures, and investigations
a. Capable of efficiently managing medical emergencies including first aid and performing relevant clinical procedures;
b. Competent in assessing the health status of individuals and groups through observation and data collection from sources including the medical history, clinical examinations, laboratory investigations, and significant others within the dynamics of patients’ relationships;
c. Fully participate in medical problem solving processes in order to derive a clinical diagnosis as appropriate;
d. Prepare and or implement a plan of patient management and care including appropriate referral.
Community health and family medicine
a. Have proper respect for the rights of individuals and groups in a multicultural society and capable of handling issues with tact and sensitivity;
b. Capable of maintain a good rapport with patients and understanding their perspectives.
c. Explore avenues of collaboration with individuals and communities in identifying and promoting aspects of health gain;
d. Use a wide range of case studies, epidemiological data, and cultural determinants of health in appraising the level of wellness, illness and health in a society;
e. Apply the principles of epidemiology and public health and an awareness of the social impact of illness to the practice of medicine in the community.
The curriculum content encompasses oral and written communication, which will prepare the student to become an effective communicator.
a. Effectively communicate with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team;
b. Prepare relevant, clear and concise records, reports, letters of referral and other patient related documents.
a. Knowledge of the healthcare system and ethical/legal issues, socio-
b. Develop an informed and critical appraisal of published scientific literature;
c. Development of a comprehensive knowledge of social, behavioural, biological and clinical sciences with an understanding on how to apply this to knowledge. This can be achieved by participation in continuing medical education and research.
d. Practice medicine within the ambit of professional medical ethics and the law;
e. Maintain quality assurance initiatives;
f. Function as a member of the healthcare team.
Teaching at the School of Health Sciences in the Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC), Bamenda is based on the educational principles of self-
Admission into the MD program is by a competitive entrance examination. Candidates have to sit for and pass the competitive entrance examination (written and oral).
Entrance Examination Requirements
1. "O" level requirements
General Certificate of Education with pass in at least six subjects including English Language, French Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
"A" level requirements
Candidates must have a high score in the following three subjects, namely: Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education at one sitting in addition to the Ordinary level’s qualifications.
2. Probatoire and Baccalauréat
Candidates with Passes in the Probatoire and Baccalauréat in the C and D series are eligible to apply.
3. School of Health Sciences Preparatory Programme
All candidates must have successfully completed the one year preparatory programme offered by the School of Health Sciences – CATUC with a GPA of at least 2.8 out of 4.
4. Other requirements: Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree (at least Second Class Honours) from a recognized University in Chemistry or the Biological Sciences are eligible to apply. Passes in subjects in all other equivalent examinations must be interpreted by the Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC), Bamenda before eligibility of the candidates can be determined.
Future, Career and Employment Opportunities
The course will provide the student with the competitive edge, helping the student to become employable and also give the student credentials needed to help him/her succeed in the medical field. Progression opportunities include employment in hospitals in both the private and public sectors, charitable organizations, community health services, teaching hospitals, armed forces and the media. Graduates with an MD degree will integrate into the corps of care givers. Also, the training in the School of Health Sciences will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to permit them open up their private practices.
Graduates will be well placed to apply for research studentships for further specialization and training.