The Assistant Medical Officers School

The Assistant Medical Officers School KCMC started in 1977with 40 students who were undergoing a one year course. After the first group the course was changed to two academic years on main subjects: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, General surgery, Community Health and Pediatrics and Child Health.

The school is 37 years old and 985 students have graduated and most of the graduants are rendering services within Tanzania and outside the country.
Students completed first year of their studies 28 of which 12 Female and 16 Males completed successful. There was transfer of 1 student Florian Fidelis from AMO School Mbeya. 5 students were expelled from school due to forgery of certificates. Currently the school have 29 students, 12 females and 17 males.

Teaching and learning activities

There are two academic years.

First academic year:

First year students start with introduction to clinical medicine for 8 weeks. The following 8 weeks students starts junior rotation at the major clinical areas namely: Pediatrics’ and Child 100 Health, Internal Medicine, General surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The students achieve competence skills learning through clerkship, bedside teaching, performing procedure and assisting/performing operations.

Second academic year:

Students rotates in other specialized departments that is Urology, ENT, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Anesthesia for orientation of common conditions encountered in sub Saharan Africa.
Community medicine:

The aim of community medicine course is to enable the Assistant Medical Officer to manageboth effectively and efficiently the Primary Health Care programs. This is achieved by lectures, field work and research project from each student. Before final qualifying examination the students do senior clinical rotations in major departments 8 weeks each. The course is conducted on adult learning/teaching methods. The following are themain teaching/ learning methods: Group discussions, lectures, seminars, demonstrations, bedside teaching, tutorials, case presentations, field visits and work, individual assignments, night duty and ward calls to practice skills supervised by tutors.