Dr. Bwayo Denis

Head of Department


Department of Internal Medicine

Welcome Message

The Department of Medicine is one of the core departments of the Busitema University Faculty of Health Science (BUFHS). The department was established in 2013 at the inception of the medical school. The Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring effective and relevant training for undergraduates and postgraduates within the BUFHS. The department activities are aligned to the BUFHS overall framework for teaching, research and outreach.


Undergraduate courses

Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Anaesthesia

Master’s Degrees

Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine

Teaching and Learning

The training programs are split between theory and clinical sessions. Generally lectures and seminars are conducted each week focusing of the subject area for the week, the clinical teachings that involve bedside teaching based on cases present in the teaching units, reviewing videos, participation in major ward rounds and making presentations to supervisors. The clinical teaching is conducted on the medical inpatient’s unit, medical outpatient’s department, accident and emergency unit, psychiatry department and the TB ward of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. During their time in the department, undergraduate learners are expected to progressively develop their clinical skills through initially observing, and then later participating in patient management.

We also participate in community outreach largely through training of health workers in the region through grand rounds, onsite mentoring, offering offsite consultation services and online training programs. We also aim to foster innovative and impact-oriented research to meet the changing needs of society in the region.

The department appreciates guidance and support as we continue to contribute to the Busitema University’s and the National development objectives.

Departmental Staff

Name Designation Contact
Dr. Masaba Peter Senior Consultant/ Lecturer masabapeter@yahoo.com
Dr. Bwayo Denis Head of Department dbwayo2000@gmail.com
Dr. Katuramu Richard Senior Lecturer rkaturamu@gmail.com
Dr. Nankunda Oreb Teaching Assistant nankundaoreb4@gmail.com

Teaching Facilities

Busitema University Faculty of Heath Sciences, Mbale

The BUFHS teaching facilities are the main teaching facilities utilised by the department of medicine. The classroom block, surrounding environment and related teaching facilities enable small-group learning, hyper-connectivity, collaboration and innovation.

Mbale Regional Referral Hospital

  • Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, the main training hospital for Busitema University (BU) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). The Hospital has a bed capacity of 450 beds but often admissions exceed that number. The key departments used for training include the medical in-patient and outpatient departments, An Emergency unit, TB treatment unit and Psychiatry department. These facilities support student rotations during the junior, and senior clinical clerkships
  • 12 other sites including district hospitals and Health Centre IV facilities in the eastern region regularly host students under the Community Based Education and Service Program (COBES) also provide clinical exposure for our undergraduate students.

The Clinical Simulation Center

Simulation-based clinical education is a useful pedagogical approach that provides medical students with opportunities to practice their clinical and decision-making skills through varied real-life situational experiences, without compromising the patient's well-being. The BUFHS simulation centre is mostly used to introduce students to clinical procedures and scenarios prior to them participating in patient care on the wards.

Teaching methods / approaches

  • Training includes a mix of tutorials, self-directed learning sessions, laboratory sessions, seminars, bed side teaching and other clinical exposure sessions, lecturers and community-based education activities.
  • Problem based learning guided by real life problems is the predominant mode of training
  • Clinical audit sessions are conducted every week. These are used to review key clinical situations encountered in the medical departments during the week with learning areas for improvement identified each week. These sessions involve doctors, nurses, counsellors, pharmacists, hospital manager and social workers and aim to promote interprofessional education and practice
  • Grand rounds are routinely conducted. Pertinent topics are identified and a case-based session with focus on enhancing clinical reasoning and teaching of new knowledge on contemporary topics. Sessions are held with an audience of medical students, nurses, pharmacist and faculty. A key focus is promoting interprofessional care

Contact of the Department

Plot 29-33 Palisa Road

Mbale Regional Referal Hospital complex

Email: bufhs.deptofmedicine@gmail.com

Tel: +256 45 444 8813