Yes there is a programmed called GEMP that non medical students who did SCIENCE related courses like allied health, pharmacy , nursing etc can Do to become fulltime doctors. The programme is 3 years. If you did not get your bachelors in a SCIENCE related course, you have to go to medical school with or without your graduate degree to become a doctor. BELOW IS THE REQUIREMENT FOR GEMP SO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY AND THEN APPLY FOR IT.
The Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP)
1.0 Name of Programme
The designation of the programme is Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP). The duration of the programme shall be four (4) years.
The initial phase of one and a half (1½) years of the programme is run on a semester basis and not as course credit system, in an integrated approach.
2.0 Entry Requirements
This is a full-time, non-residential, GEMP full-fee paying medical programme with the following entry requirements.
must hold a good First Degree (Second Class Lower or better) in Basic Medical, Biological, Biomathematical, Physical Sciences, or any relevant science related subject.
must show evidence of having completed the National Service, where required
must pass a 3-hour written Entrance Examination conducted by the UGMS.
The Examination will comprise the following:-
General Knowledge, General Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) and aspects of Level 200 Science
Reasoning: English (Composition and Expression); Mathematics, Basic Statistics, a combination of MCQs and Essays
MCQs on the Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) - 50%
Short Essays: General Knowledge, Reasoning Ability and English - 50%
must pass a selection interview.
A three (3) week revision course will be run for prospective candidates. Details of the courses/subjects to be taught will be organized by module coordinators to prepare prospective candidates for the entrance examination.
The University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) has an institutional mandate to train medical students to graduate as highly qualified and competent medical doctors to take care of health-related issues in Ghana. Furthermore it strives to achieve world class standards to compete internationally.
Over the years, intake of medical students into the four (4) medical schools in the country has been very limited due to the many challenges that restrict access to the various schools.
In the UGMS, training of doctors has been limited to a 5½ year programme due to the inherent challenges including entry qualification, which bothered on the maturity of entrants into the traditional programme. Additionally, a large number of applicants who apply to do medicine, in the UGMS for example, do not get the opportunity.
In fact, out of about 900 students who apply to do medicine from Level 100 of the Faculty of Science, Legon each year, only 150 are admitted. The University of Ghana Medical School, since its establishment in 1964, has so for produced only 2,154 doctors. The average yearly output of doctors for the past five years is about 82.
Consequently, otherwise good science students end up in various non-science professions after their first degree. This has contributed to the high patient/doctor ratio in the country. Information from the Ministry of Health “Human Resource Policies and Strategies for the Health Sector, 2007-2011”, paints the following picture:-
“In 2005, the doctor population ratio in Ghana was estimated to be 1:10,700, compared to South Africa (1:1,449) in 2001, USA – 1:182 (in 2000) and Cuba – 1:169 (in 2002). The Ministry of Health aims at achieving a ratio of 1:6000 by 2011. National Statistical Service, 2000 report projects that the population of Ghana will increase to about 24.5 million by 2011. It was concluded in the report that, for Ghana to attain a middle-level income status, as envisaged in the government’s mission, it is necessary to accelerate the production and retention of critical health staff. The goal is to achieve the World Bank recommendation of 1.8 doctor to 1000 population (World Bank, 2001)”
The situation is even more critical in the districts. Northern Ghana is worse hit by a doctor: patient ratio of 1:95,000. Added to this, the health sector has fallen victim to the brain drain. The recent call on all Provosts, Deans/Directors by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana to introduce new programmes, taken together with the request by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council to produce more doctors of a high caliber in a shorter period, have encouraged the UGMS to take the bold step to prepare to admit first degree holders to a 4-year graduate entry medical programme. This also conforms with the modern trend in medical education to encourage first degree holders to study medicine.
The traditional medical programme currently being run at the UGMS with intake from Level 100 Biological Sciences has a duration of 5½ years. Of this intake, less than 3% per year are first degree holders who, on entry, also pursue a 5½ year training. It has been established by what pertains in several countries including the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada, Europe and Australia that first degree holders who are more mature can be trained to be competent doctors over a shorter period of 4 years. Recently, a further innovation of a 3-year programme has started in some parts of North America.
The historic model of traditional medical education of the United Kingdom, on which the UGMS was based, has transformed significantly with regards to traditional teaching and is making way for problem-oriented and student-centered learning strategies. Graduate entry medical programmes are now on the increase.
Adopting the 4-year medical programme alongside the traditional 5½ year programme at the UGMS, as currently occurs in some U.K. medical schools, would ensure that more doctors are trained within a shorter time to offset some of the challenges outlined above. Identifying candidates with the right attitude of passion and commitment for the medical profession has not been an easy task. Certainly, this group will, after a well-thought out selection process, present an easier challenge.
It is also hoped that this relatively mature group will have broader experiences with previous university training, work and the community participation to enrich their training. Personal communication with alumni involved in GEMP has confirmed that they are more mature and relatively easy to handle and therefore are more likely to take up the challenge of student-centered learning with some facilitation.
Faculty members and external examiners have consistently drawn the UGMS attention to lapses in application of pre-clinical sciences and theory to clinicals and we think integrating the course may rectify this challenge.
Furthermore, the Visitation Review Implementation Committee reports “an expressed preference for further consideration of how the first year could be combined with the final 3-year to provide a 4-year degree programme”. The GEMP will be the pilot programme of the UGMS for this transformation which will employ the modern trend of integrated medical programmes. This Pilot Project will be used as a basis to plan further changes in UGMS curriculum to meet modern trends in medical education.
4.0 Aims and Objectives
To turn out more doctors to meet the ever-increasing demand.
To train graduates to acquire clinical competence to work as medical officers within the shortest possible time.
To produce graduates who will have a habit of life-long, self-directed learning, required for a career in a dynamic health service system, postgraduate studies, and scientific research.
To offer opportunity to otherwise suitably qualified candida