The fate and career destinations of doctors who qualified at Uganda's Makerere Medical School in 1984: retrospective cohort study

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:600
  1. Yoswa M Dambisya, senior professor (
  1. 1 Pharmacy Programme, School of Health Sciences, University of the North, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, Republic of South Africa
  • Accepted 10 May 2004


Little information exists on the career paths and destinations of graduates of medical schools from developing countries,1 in contrast with many such reports from the developed world.2 3 I present here perhaps the first report on career paths taken by graduates of Makerere Medical School in Uganda.

Participants, methods, and results

Twenty seven doctors who graduated from Makerere in 1984 participated in the study. A database was compiled from the graduation list. Information was obtained through a focus group discussion (three doctors), an email questionnaire (17, including the three focus group members), telephone interviews (six), and in-depth interviews (four).

Seventy seven doctors (58 men) graduated in 1984. Reliable information was obtained for 96% (74 (56 men), of whom 22 (19 men) are dead). Seven died between 1984 and 1989, six between 1990 and 1994, six between 1995 and 1999, and three since 2000. The presumed causes of death (death certificates were not available) were AIDS (11); suicide (six); road …

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