Program code : (MBBS)
This Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program is designed as a five (5) year program to produce doctors with a commitment and clinical competency to serve the population of Papua New Guinea. The first year is called Health Science Foundation (HSF) program and it is designed to produce graduates with basic knowledge of basic and premedical sciences. It is intended to be a bridging program between secondary school and university giving the students baseline knowledge in basic and premedical sciences including molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. The HSF program aims also to advance critical thinking skills and improve academic writing skills as well as develop basic skills in the use of online technologies in learning. Upon completion of this program students will also be able to discuss ethical aspects of leading dilemmas in bioethics.
The National Health Plan 2011-2020, the country’s sixth Plan since Independence, is an important roadmap for the PNG Health Sector. Two important aspects of this Plan are human resource development and improved service delivery, especially, delivery to where the majority of the population lives, in rural areas and urban settlements. It is here that the health services face their most severe challenges with inadequate numbers of doctors to serve the needs of the population. And therefore, this program, while preparing general practitioners able to work on various positions in the PNG health sector and to pursue development in various medical specialization, it also emphasizes adequate generalist training in the rural setting and thus preparing graduates to serve the most disadvantaged rural population.
Entry requirements for the MBBS (all will enroll in the Health Science Foundation year as prerequisite to the MBBS):
- Eligible for the MBBS at DWU are: a/School grade 12 leavers with a minimum two A and 2 B grades ‘B’ grades in the four of the subjects: English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Physics; b/Non-school leavers who completed Science Foundation program or Health professionals working in rural with at least a bachelor qualification and good references.
- Ten percent (10%) bonus points will be given to the students bound by contracts to work for some years in rural. DWU can provide a sponsorship agreement form. The evidence of the signed contract is required.