The philosophy of the RCS is based on the following principles:
Ukwanda pursues an “immersion model” where students are exposed to the realities of working/caring in a resource-limited environment. Students work within the existing healthcare system and not alongside it, hoping to provide assistance and support to health care personnel while gaining valuable “real-life” experience at the same time. Currently 970 undergraduate students rotate to rural towns for periods of 2-6 weeks per year. Students are from the following disciplines:
Students are exposed to the full spectrum of health care services provided at these sites including primary healthcare platforms such as: community health centres, primary care clinics, mobile clinics and home visits, NGO encounters as well as private sector exposure.
The final year of the renewed curriculum will entail placement of the entire final year MBChB class on the distributed platform in 2026. This module will be called the Distributed Apprenticeship. For more information see the video below: