The undergraduate medical education program was established in 2010. Since then, SPHMMC has graduated 4 batches of medical doctors. The college uses integrated modular and hybrid problem-based curriculum for its undergraduate medical education which is the first of its kind in the country.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology department of St Paul’s plays an integral role in the undergraduate medical education including selection of candidates for the program, training preclinical students in basics of Obstetrics/Gynecology and of course in the clinical attachment years with intensive theoretical and hands on training on the subject matter.
In the clinical years, more than 200 students rotate in an academic year, subdivided into four major groups. For first year clinical students, one week induction training is given for each group before deployment to different attachment sites. Apart from the four major units of the department (outpatient unit, maternity unit, labor and delivery unit and gynecology unit), each student also rotates through family planning and abortion unit which makes it unique from other undergraduate education programs in the country. One of the affiliate hospitals (Ras Desta hospital) is also used as a student attachment site to enhance the quality of education for the students. Various teaching methodologies are used including over 35 interactive lectures, 7 student-led seminars, bedsides, rounds, 8 tutorial and skill lab sessions. Each student is also assigned to a mentor consultant gynecologist with whom the student is expected to discuss various clinical scenarios in the form of case reports.
After a student successfully passes the qualifying examination for the undergraduate medical exam, each student will go through an additional 3 months of internship in our department further solidifying his/her knowledge in the field.