VECD Fellowship Site Directors:
Daniel Fitzgerald, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Robert Peck, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
- Clinical Trials
- Chronic Diseases
Weill Bugando Medical College is the only medical school in western Tanzania. The medical college opened in 2003 and is located on a 52-acre campus on Bugando Hill in the city of Mwanza. The Bugando Hospital is the consultant and teaching hospital for the western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania. Situated along the shores of Lake Victoria in Mwanza City, it is a 950-bed referral hospital that oversees medical care for approximately 16 million people living in the zone. It is a referral centre for tertiary specialist care for six regions, including Mwanza, Mara, Kagera, Shinyanga, Tabora, and Kigoma. The hospital and its on-campus clinics receive over 300,000 patient visits per year, with over 43,000 admissions per year.
Additionally, Bugando has a very active outpatient HIV clinic that is the referral clinic for the entire Lake Zone. The college offers an MD training program, Masters degrees in Medicine in Adult Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery, and graduate degrees in basic sciences. Research is conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), an internationally recognized center conducting epidemiologic studies and clinical trials on HIV, sexually transmitted infections, schistosomiasis, and chronic diseases.