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Dr. Geoffrey Kibira,
Assistant Medical Officer Program Director

ALMC Assistant Medical Officer
Training Program

Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC) in conjunction with Selian Lutheran Hospital and the ELCT - Arusha Region Diocese opened an Assistant Medical Officer Training School. This is a two-year training program based at ALMC.

The AMO degree is an advanced degree offered to clinical officers who have already had three years of clinical training and three years of experience. The AMO School trains candidates to practice independently and provides primary care level training in General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology. This training prepares them to work as primary physicians in the rural areas of the country where health providers are most needed. As in many places in the world, physicians in Tanzania tend to migrate into suburban areas and “big cities” thereby leaving rural areas underserved.

Several years ago the Government of Tanzania created the AMO degree in order to better serve these areas. Currently, there are six schools for AMO in Tanzania. ALMC will become the seventh school in the country and first in the city of Arusha. The training includes three months of intense theoretical teaching (including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc) initially, followed by clinical rotations in the different specialties. The class of 2009 is 17 in number and represents students from all over the country.

To view the Program Manual that outlines the goals and other specifics of the program, click here.

Below, a photo of the Class of 2009.

To read more, click here

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