It has subsequently commenced a graduate medical programme after securing accreditation from the National Accreditation Board, making it the first private medical school to offer graduate programs after the University of Ghana Medical School.
During an interaction with journalists in Accra to announce the new status, Professor Enyonam Yao Kwawukume, President of the Family Health Group, said 18 students have been enrolled for the four-year graduate program, which commenced in September last year.
The move, he said, was in line with the vision of blazing the trail as Ghana’s premier medical school that would grow into a centre of excellence in medical training and health care delivery.
According to Prof Kwawukume, the Family Health University College would continue to use innovative means to offer quality practical training to produce qualified professionals, to support the country’s health care delivery system.
He said the school’s assumption of the university status offered an advantage to the country, as it provided room for expanding training in pharmacy, dermatology, laboratory sciences, nursing, and other specialist programmes.
Prof Kwawukume said the college, supported by the Family Health Hospital that is used for clinical training, has been equipped with modern facilities such as telemedicine, which enables students to collaborate with their counterparts in other foreign schools and experienced lecturers from across Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
He said when the graduate programme is entrenched the college would introduce postgraduate medical courses, by which time it hopes to have secured a charter.
Ms Priscilla Boafo, Administrator of Family Health Group, noted that the college has opened an endowment fund to aid needy students to undergo the medical training.
In addition, she said a mentorship programme has been rolled out to create platform students to be guided and groomed by experienced world class medical practitioners in and outside the country.
By Edmund Mingle