Expanded partnership between UNC Project-Malawi and Malawi College of Medicine will improve the quality of clinical training in Malawi

UNC-Project Malawi staff train Malawi College of Medicine medical students in order to approve HIV clinical care in Malawi.

October 31, 2012 – Clinical staff working at UNC Project-Malawi, the University’s research, care and training center in Lilongwe, began clinical teaching assignments with the Malawi College of Medicine in October 2012. The Malawi College of Medicine, which is based in Blantyre, recently opened a satellite campus at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, where UNC Project-Malawi headquarters are located.

Senior clinical staff at UNC Project are now part of the clinical training teams responsible for nearly 100 third-year medical students attending their clinical rotations.  UNC Project clinicians will teach in the areas of medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and pathology.

This added responsibility will result in joint faculty appointments at the Malawi College of Medicine for eight in-country UNC Project clinicians, including Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, Cecelia Kanyama, MD, and Agnes Moses, MD, in medicine; Amy Sims, MD, and Portia Kamthunzi, MD, in pediatrics; Jonathan Samuel, MD, in surgery; and George Liomba, MD, in pathology.

“This partnership will increase the College of Medicine’s capacity for clinical training,” said Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH, professor of medicine at UNC and US-based director of UNC Project-Malawi. “More importantly, though, it will lead to improved clinical care for the people of Malawi.”


Media contact: Lisa Chensvold, 919-843-5719 or lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu

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