Establishment

Since its inception in 1990, The Ahfad School of Medicine adopted a holistic approach to medicine to promote the concept of health promotion, disease prevention, cure and rehabilitation. It is also concerned with the globally accepted concept of health for all through provision of primary health care for individuals and families where they live and work.

The concept and philosophy of the school rests on flexible application of valid concepts of education using modern trends and effective methods. The curriculum is based on blocks or modules of organs systems and themes. During the whole program problem based learning is used. 

The School also adheres to a student-centered approach. Emphasis on self-learning. This allows students to acquire the capacity  and willingness to pursue their own learning after graduation. 

A continuous system of evaluation of the program and assessment of students is carried out, with emphasis on the results of service and research. External examiners and evaluators are used as needed. At the end of each module or course, there is an examination and at the end of every year, there is an examination before proceeding to the next year. Assessment of students is  in each of the  following description of courses, modules or blocks.

Family Attachment Program (FAP)

FAP is a longitudinal program which starts in PHASE II of the curriculum, i.e. second, third and fourth years.
This program aims at enabling the medical students to recognize the characteristics of the Sudanese family: their culture, attitudes, knowledge and practice towards health in state of health or disease.

Students are attached to families so as to follow up children and mothers (and other members), noting their growth and development, and maintaining records about their important events and personal information. They are expected to develop skills and commitment needed to educate patients and families about disease process, presentation and preventive as well as curative medicine.

During FAP the student visits the family on regular basis, at least four times a year. During the visits, students conduct Interviews, record, interviews and observations, and carry out health education through interaction with the family members. Each visits takes about one hour. The home visit is the CORE of the program. Besides these visits the program consists of tutorials, FGDs, presentations and discussions of the family problems (self-learning / assignments) and occasional lectures:

-  First year of the FAP (2nd year of Medical School) the student learns how to assess the family health needs focusing on the basic health messages. -Second year of the FAP (3rd year of Medical School) the student learn to focus on the reproductive health.

-  Third year of FAP (4th year of Medical School) the student learns to act according to her own assessment of the needs of the family.

At the end of each year, a workshop takes place in which all students of phase II participate with their tutors to evaluate the program.