Training for medical students

The concept

Current trends in the spread and the appearance of tropical diseases in areas of the World, where previously they were not observed (like chikungunya fever, malaria, dengue, etc.), prompted Health Authorities to pay more attention to this ever increasing group of diseases. The curriculum of medical students in the EU countries do not pay much attention to the importance of those diseases, which can be easily imported by travelers or by migrants coming from third world countries. The UPMS decided to organize onsite training courses in Africa, where the students would be able to see the real circumstances of the health care in a tropical country working with minimal resources, and to see, touch, perform physical examinations, take medical history of the patients and submerge in a totally different approach and culture to gain a better understanding and knowledge of diseases in the tropics, which is not similar to participating at a slide show at home.

The structure

The training course will last for three weeks and it contains 60 contact lectures (4/day), 30 lectures as practical/laboratory training (2/day) with two external teaching options. The course will end with an examination. The teaching will start daily from Monday to Friday at 9AM till 13 PM with lectures, and from 2PM to 4PM with the practical training, which includes ward rounds, and laboratory practice, case demonstrations, etc. The UPMS provides 2×2 credit points for those, who completed the three weeks. Two credit points will be given if someone completed 2 weeks and performed an examination on the corresponding topics. The credit points are transferable between the universities. The curriculum of the course comprehensively covers the major diseases in the tropics and can be downloaded from the website.

Technical information

The site of the training course is Kenya, Eldoret town, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. The proposed time and duration of the course is:

– For winter course: Jan. 21.- Febr. 2013.

– For summer course: 1-20. July2013

Students will be lodged in a rented house and in a local Guest House (Gracemont Guest House). Transport will be provided daily to the site and back of the training.


Tuition fee of the course for the three weeks is 1200€/person, which cannot be split, if someone decides to go home after 2 weeks. The amount can be reimbursed, if someone, due to serious reason, is not able to participate, cannot travel to the site. If he/she has already started the course, or the revoke of the participation is within 2 weeks from the beginning of the course, the tuition fee cannot be reimbursed. The application and the tuition fee must arrive min. of 1 month before the beginning of the training course to the bank account of UPMS. Other costs: travel arrangements and insurances are individually organized. International flights from EU to Nairobi and back is @ 800-1000 € depending on the carrier. From Nairobi to Eldoret and back local flights are available in the morning and evening for @ 130 USD. Lodging at the Gracemont Guest House is @ 35€/person/day for a single room, which includes breakfast, and washing. The rooms have hot shower, internet and TV. If students want to share rooms, the price is cheaper. At the rented house the rooms with a separate bath room with hot shower and internet will cost @ 10€/person/day. In the house everybody cares for himself/herself. Cooking facilities and wash machine is available. The average cost for daily expenditures can be calculated as 10-15€/person/day. Participants are expected to buy individual insurance, which includes health, accident, loss of life, loss of property, emergency evacuation, etc.

Other information, requirements

The course is organized for those students who completed microbiology, pharmacology and have some clinical knowledge also. The optimal student is, who completed the fifth year in their study and above (in their final year). The minimum requirement is the completion of the fourth year. The minimum number of students is 15, the maximum is 25. Below 15, the course cannot be started and the tuition fee will be reimbursed for those, who paid already. In the case of high demand, the students can be enrolled for the next course, or parallel training courses can be organized. Visa for entry (as tourist visa) can be obtained at the airport (50USD/visa)


The websites of our institutions will have an application form to fill with all the necessary information. Applications and the participation fee must arrive one month prior the commencement of the course.


Prof. Dr. Gabor Ternak, e-mail: ,

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