Doctor of Medicine

Taking into consideration that Medicine is a caring humanitarian profession, the MD curriculum has been designed in such manner that a graduate physician would demonstrate problem solving capacity (professional reasoning), associated with clearly identifiable professional attitudes, combined with a range of psycho motor abilities (professional skills) and carry with him/her an integrated information base (professional knowledge).

Objectives of the MD Curriculum

The objectives of the College include among others:

  • To produce medical graduates equipped with the highest possible standard of practical and intellectual skills well suited to the needs of present and future Tanzania society.
  • To produce medical graduates who are motivated to adapt to rapid changes in the medical practice brought about by new technology and to cope with ever expanding research and vast literature.
  • To train graduates who are able to show understanding of the ethical basis of medical practice and be able to identify social cultural, psychological and economic factors which influence the health of the individual, family and community.
  • To train graduates who are able to show ability to communicate with individuals, families and the community. As a member of health team, the graduate should be able to establish inter professional and inter-sect oral relations in order to achieve prescribed goals.
  • A graduate of the College should be sensitive and responsive to community health needs by being able to plan, organize, coordinate and evaluate the health needs of individuals, families and the community as well as being capable of implementing primary health care strategy for the community.
  • Giving high priority in training the general practitioners who are desperately needed by the society.
    Since medical education is a life long activity which calls for investing in personal time and resources, graduates should be capable of:

    • Carry out self evaluation.
    • Self n directed learning.
    • Updating ones knowledge and medical practice.

Course Duration

This program is five years long. Upon successful completion of the five years of training, a degree of Doctor of Medicine of the Tumaini University Makumira will be conferred. Upon completion of the five years the graduate is expected to undertake an additional sixth year of apprenticeship in an approved institution before being allowed to practice independently.

Entry Qualifications

All courses are taught in English. Therefore it is imperative that students are proficient in reading, writing and speaking English. It is upon the candidate to satisfy oneself that he/she meets this important requirement and provides evidence thereof (e.g. TOEFL iBTTM score of 65 and above or equivalent) registering for any course at this college

Direct Entry

  • Ordinary Level Secondary Education Certificate with three credits or five passes in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics.
  • Advanced level Secondary School Education certificate with three principal passes at a minimum point aggregate of 5.0 in biology or zoology, chemistry, and physics or mathematics. A pass in biology or zoology is a must.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed “A” level within the past 3 years

Equivalent Qualifications

  • Ordinary Level Secondary Education Certificate with three credits or five passes in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics.
  • Advanced level Secondary School Education certificate with at least two principals in biology, chemistry and physics/mathematics.
  • A Diploma in Clinical Medicine passed at B-level or above from an approved and recognized institution by TCU or NACTE or holders of first degree or its equivalents majoring in Biology, Zoology or Chemistry from an approved and recognized institution by TCU or NACTE.
  • At least two years continuous working experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have qualified within the past 5 years.