The Family Medicine Specialty Training Program (FMSTP) was created to strengthen health services in Lesotho. Lesotho faces many health challenges, including one of the highest HIV and TB prevalences globally. At the same time the country also suffers from a shortage of well trained physicians, skilled in providing holistic primary care. The FMSTP focuses on: clinical Family Medicine, Community Oriented Primary Care, District Health Management, and Operational Health Systems Research
The purpose of the FMSTP is to increase the number of well-trained Family Medicine physicians in Lesotho who have the knowledge, skills, and commitment to meet Basotho's healthcare needs.
The FMSTP is the first and only physician speciality training program in Lesotho and the only higher education program in the country which has recieved a full five-year accreditation by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) of Lesotho, following a regorous 3-year probation period during which the program further developed and transformed its curriculum and policies.
Each registrar is required to complete rotations in the core domains of family medicine, but experiences are personalized to the registrar´s unique needs. Registrars develop learning plans along with their supervising faculty at the beginning of each quarter and before every rotation so that their learning can be tailored. In addition to learning, registrars are also teaching, supervising interns as well as nurses during their clinical rotations.
Through a combination of mentoring, and direct observations and trainings, the FMSTP offers a post-graduate education unlike any in Lesotho. It provides registrars with the valuable skills to become excellent Family Medicine physicians, and ensures they are flexible and able to adapt to Lesotho's different health care contexts.
The FMSTP teaches registrars with some of the country's most uptodate medical technology including hand-held butterfly ultrasound machines, diagnostic ultrasound machines, and EKG machines.
As a Family Medicine physician you will specialize in providing comprehensive care to patients throughout their lives. You will gain an understanding of the principles, processes, and practices of Family Medicine and will learn the importance of working alongside your patient, their family, and community. The combination of FMSTP's high quality clinical, management, and public health training will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to serve as a leader in Lesotho's healthcare facilities and systems.
Registrars complete rotations at Motebang Hospital under the supervision of Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Dr Steer-Massaro.
Throughout the FMSTP, registrars gain exposure to the full range of ambulatory care and in-patient management of acute illnesses
Through surgical rotations and contact sessions, registrars are trained on the definitive management of minor and moderately severe trauma.
The FMSTP paediatric curriculum includes neonatal care, well child care, and the management of acutely ill or injured children, including limited surgery.
Recognising the immense need for registrars to have both clinical expertise and public health skills in these areas given Lesotho´s burden of disease.
With no psychiatrists in the Lesotho Ministry of Health, often mental health care falls to family physicians. FMSTP training integrates ambulatory management of mental illness.