He said the school is one of the few Medical Schools in the Sub-region that uses real Cadavers (human parts) to study Anatomy, and also has the modern state of the art Anatomage (incorporating the latest convertible technology) to enhance the learning capacity of their students.
“We make sure you are introduced to the hospital wards from the first year of your training and get to use real Cadavers to study Anatomy” he noted.
Prof. Kwawukume made this known when gave the welcome address at the 3rd Matriculation Ceremony of Family Health University College Medical School, Ghana’s premier private medical school at Teshie, opposite the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra.
He told the new entrants to remember the words of Albert Einstein, a great philosopher who stated that “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
Prof. Kwawukume further tasked the students to study hard and be innovative.
“We are here to give you the fundamentals with which to build the future of modern medicine. The sky is no more the limit, explore and create the future of medicine with excellence and distinction. Do not forget to be caring towards the society you seek to heal and offer comfort from their ailments.”
The vision of the Medical School he hinted, is to take medical education to a new level not only for Ghana and West Africa, but Africa and beyond.
He assured parents that, their effort in seeking the best for their children would not be in vain due to the kind of lecturers and modern facilities at the disposal of the school.
The Guest speaker, Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi, Managing Director of Tropical Cables and Conductors Ltd, appealed to government to have a strong regulatory framework for quality management of private schools, and ensure a minimum amount of reinvestment for expansion and infrastructure improvement.
He reminded government to deliver on the promise to remove 25% corporate tax on private tertiary institutions.
“I strongly urge Government to follow through this policy” he noted.
He said private institutions should not be a taxable opportunity in a nation that is unable to provide enough places for qualified applicants. He encouraged the students to learn and relearn new things if they want to stay relevant and be worthy health workers.
Dr. Oteng-Gyasi reminded the students that human life is not a negotiable commodity.
“You are training to be either a good doctor or a bad doctor. There is no middle ground. You cannot be a good doctor when the money is not adequate.”
He commended Prof. Kwawukume and his wife, Dr. Susan Bridget Kwawukume (co-Founder/Chief Medical Director of Family Health Hospital) for their effort to help build Ghana as far as the transformation of education and health sectors are concerned.
Family Health University College comprises a Hospital, Nursing and Midwifery School and a Medical School.
It is Ghana’s premier private medical school with modern facilities, spacious laboratories and lecture halls.
Family Health Medical School is affiliated to the University of Ghana and accredited by the National Accreditation Board.
The School offers a six-year Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine (MB ChB) programmes.
At the end of the first three years, the student obtains a Bachelor of Science Degree and thereafter the MB ChB Degree which qualifies one as a Medical Doctor.
Students entering the school this year comprise those from Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, the United States of America, Britain and Canada.