Medical and Dental Education at HAU
Medical education at the Frank Ogden Medical School is a 6 year process leading to an MD degree. The first three years are basic preparation with major transition to clinical education in the 4th year. Clinical education takes place at the Van Norman Clinic next to HAU and at Kibuye Hope Hospital located in a more rural area of Burundi. Only 230 of the 1300 HAU students are in medicine. The first dental students entered in 2011 but as they approach clinical training they lack qualified clinical faculty.
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The first medical class graduated in December 2012. As of February 2017 HAU has graduated 87! Many of these are in specialty training in many countries of Africa.
Much of the education of the first two medical school classes was done by volunteer short-term American faculty but now there are 4 Burundian specialists in Bujumbura in addition to the 9 Americans at both sites. A priority is recruiting basic science faculty.
Kibuye Hope Hospital
Kibuye Hope Hospital was a "one-doctor" mission hospital located in a rural part of central Burundi. It is now making the transition to major teaching hospital of HAU. Serge and the Friends of HAU (a 501(c)3 charity) is investing heavily in upgrading this basic facility and providing housing for staff and students. Several projects are underway.
The growing Serge team arrived in January 2014 to join the Burundian generalist faculty already at Kibuye Hope Hospital. The team is comprised of 8 physicians, two hospital administrators, four teachers, two nurses, an engineers supervising construction and others serving the local school and the team children.
Clinique Van Norman
The Van Norman Hospital was opened in late 2012. Smaller than Kibuye Hope Hospital it functions primarily as a maternal child health facility with small inpatient medicine and surgery services. There are 6 to 9 deliveries per day and more than 40 inpatient children. It is located across the street from HAU.