Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

The MBBS programme, which commenced in 2008, comprises six years, followed by a compulsory rotating internship of one year. The programme is divided into three phases namely, Preclinical, Para-Clinical and Clinical. In addition, the programme will incorporate clinical practice from the start of the programme. This will ensure that the trainee doctors become familiar with the practice of medicine from the beginning and develop their problem-solving skills.

The ambition of the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine is to be recognized for producing graduates who are highly dedicated, effective and compassionate community leaders committed to fulfilling the health care needs of rural and underserved communities in Fiji. Being the medical school of choice in the Asia Pacific region, UPSM aspires to produce efficient health care professionals with high scientific and moral standards. The MBBS takes a minimum of six years to complete unless a student is awarded credits for prior study.

The government of Fiji, through its Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB)- National Toppers Scholarship (NTS) and Tertiary Education Loans Scholarship (TELS) is generously providing scholarships which covers full payment of tuition fees. The course provides an overall introduction to the medical profession within an innovative and creative learning environment. By advancing the frontier of medical research, the MBBS programme provides community based educational opportunities for learning of social and environmental aspects of disease and health, health services in the community and common health related problems in Fiji and the Pacific region. Furthermore, the course helps candidates to enhance their scientific knowledge, humanist approach and develop high ethical standards. Moreover, by being a leader and innovator in medical education, the course focuses on providing the link between professional skills and competences which in turn boosts the production of efficient and dedicated doctors and being effectual health care problem solvers.

MBBS Year 1

ANAT101 Human Anatomy (38 weeks)
PHYS102 Human Physiology (38 weeks)
BIOC103 Human Biochemistry (38 weeks)
MECT104 Medical Ethics, Culture and Terminology (38 weeks)

MBBS Year 3

IMED301 General Medicine (38 weeks)
SURG302 General Surgery (38 weeks)
CLSK303 Clinical Skills (38 weeks)
PAED304 Paediatrics (38 weeks)
CMED305 Community Medicine (38 weeks)
PATH306 Human Pathology 11 (Semester 1) (19 weeks)
FMED307 Forensic Medicine (Semester 2) (19 weeks)

MBBS Year 5

IMED501 General Medicine (38 weeks)
SURG502 General Surgery & Orthopedics (38 weeks)
OBGY503 Obstetrics & Gynaecology (38 weeks)
PAED504 Paediatrics (38 weeks)
CMED505 Community Medicine (38 weeks)

MBBS Year 2

PATH201 Human Pathology 1 (38 weeks)
MICR202 Human Microbiology (38 weeks)
PHRM203 Human Pharmacology (38 weeks)
BAPS204 Basic Professional Skills (38 weeks)

MBBS Year 4

IMED401 General Medicine (38 weeks)
SURG402 General Surgery & Orthopedics (38 weeks)
OBGY403 Obstetrics & Gynaecology (38 weeks)
PAED404 Paediatrics (38 weeks)
CMED405 Community Medicine (38 weeks)

MBBS Year 6

IMED601 Four week hospital rotation (4 weeks)
SURG602 Four week hospital rotation (4 weeks)
OBGY603 Four week hospital rotation (4 weeks)
PAED604 Four week hospital rotation (4 weeks)
CMED605 Sixteen week Community Practice (16 weeks)

Note: All 4 week courses will conclude with one final examination