The School of Medicine aims to build the medical workforce in Samoa by providing high quality medical education that is relevant to the health context of Samoa and the Pacific. Graduates are expected to become broadly educated, knowledgeable and competent doctors capable of practicing medicine safely, professionally and effectively in Samoa and the Pacific.

The School offers three programmes. The undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), the Master of Orthopaedics Surgery (MSurg Ortho) and the International Students Medical Elective Programme.

The MBBS programme is 6 years in duration and comprises of learning in the medical sciences in year 1, learning based on body systems but with a strong clinical focus in years 2 and 3, clinically focused learning in years 4 and 5 and a final trainee year to facilitate practical consolidation of the previous years’ learning and advancement to medical practice.

The Master of Orthopaedics Programme is offered in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association (PIOA).  It is 3 years in duration and includes in the final year a research project and an overseas attachment.

In addition, the School of Medicine facilitates the International Medical Elective Programme where students from Medical Schools around the world are accepted to do medical electives of their own choices at the National Teaching Hospital of Samoa. The elective duration varies between 2-8 weeks’ maximum. The elective choices include Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Paediatrics, Emergency and Primary Care, Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Mental Health and Rural Medicine. There are limited places for each elective and the placements of students are on a first come first serve basis.

Admission Requirements:

Entry into MBBS:

  • Completion of Foundation Science Programme with 80% English and best three from Biology, Human Biology and either one of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics or,
  • Completion of a Bachelor Degree Programme in Science or Nursing or any other acceptable to the School with an average of 65% to enter MBBS Year 1 and 70% to enter MBBS Year 2.

Entry into the MSurgOrtho:

  • Undergraduate Medical Degree
  • Has completed 2 years of internship with at least 1 year in orthopaedics

Entry into the Medical Elective Programme:

  • A confirmation letter from the University stating programme of study and year of progrmamme
  • A copy of the medical elective objectives and learning outcomes
  • Proof of identity 

Mature entry criteria (TBC)

Medical Elective Rotation and Confirmation Form (Download Form Here)

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