School of Medicine and Pharmacy

School of Medicine and Pharmacy



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Welcome to the University of Rwanda, School of Medicine and Pharmacy.

This school is the oldest and largest in Rwanda, you will find interesting information of what young and older doctors are doing to improve the health care in Rwanda as well as in this ever-changing world.


The school of medicine is organized into undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The students from the school to have theoretical knowledge and skills required to manage different diseases. The pharmacy students are getting knowledge and skills for management and manufacturing medications used in health care delivery. The school have also postgraduate program where medical doctors are doing subspecialties to fill the gap of competent and equitable healthcare delivery.

The school community is involved in different initiative among them we can cite research for better understanding the health care provided and also to quantify the gap in health system, global health for understanding and managing health care equitably.

The school continues to work with different partners to have global knowledge and skills required for today medical doctor who will treat different patients coming from different parts of the world.

This webpage will help you to navigate through the school for basic information which may be needed for your career as new applicant, present student as well as faculty staff.

We wish you a warm welcome into our school.


Prof. Stephen Rulisa, MD, MMed, PhD

Dean of the school of Medicine and Pharmacy


Vision and mission of School

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  1. Leadership/School structure (Current new School structure)


  1. School Campuses
  • Remera Campus (pictures  with students)
  • Huye  Campus (pictures with  students in)


  1. History of SMP


  1. Undergraduate program
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours
  • General Medicine
  • Exit Award: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with Honours
  • Campus: Huye Campus
  • Duration: Five (5- 6) Years
  • Attendance Mode: Fulltime


  • Bachelor of  Science in  Pharmacy  with Honours
  • Campus: Huye
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Attendance Mode: Full time


  • Bachelor of Social Science in Clinical psychology
  • Campus: Huye
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Attendance Mode: Full time


  1. Postgraduate program
  • Masters of Medicine  in Anesthesiology 

Duration: 4 Year

  • Masters of Medicine in Surgery

1. General Surgery

Duration: 4 Years

2. Orthopedics:

Duration: 5 Years


Duration: 5 Years

4. Neurosurgery

Duration: 6 Years

  • Masters of Medicine in Pathology

Duration: 4

  • Masters of  Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Duration: 4 Years

  • Masters of Medicine in Internal Medicine

Duration: 4 Years

  • Masters of Medicine in Pediatrics

Duration: 4 Years

  • Masters of Medicine in Emergency and Critical Care

Duration: 4 years

  • Masters of Medicine in Radiology

Duration: 4 Years

  • Masters of Medicine in Ear ,Nose and Throat

Duration: 4 Years

  • Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry

Duration: 4 Years







  1. Education


  1. Admission
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  1. The deadline to apply for admission to medical school for the 2018/2019 application cycle is on or before May 10, 2018
  2. Reference letters are not required as part of the application process. Verifiers are required for supplemental activities.
  3. Deadlines for all components of the application can be found here


  1. About

Admissions for the undergraduate MD program

University of Rwanda’s Faculty of Medicine is responsible to the society to provide a program of undergraduate medical study such that graduates have the knowledge, skills, professional behaviors and attitudes necessary to enter the safe practice of medicine in Rwanda. Graduates must be able to diagnose and manage health problems and provide comprehensive, compassionate care to their patients. For this reason, students in the MD program must possess essential abilities and skills for the study and practice of medicine. University of Rwanda Faculty of Medicine’s Technical Standards document outlines and describes these essential abilities and skills and can be found here. Prospective applicants and students are expected to review this document to assess their ability to meet these standards. Students who require disability-related accommodation are responsible for notifying the medical school so that reasonable and appropriate accommodation can be provided.

The Registrar Office facilitates and processes all undergraduate applications for the Faculty of Medicine. Entrance to the MD program within the Faculty of Medicine will be limited to 120 students annually.


Admissions Committee

Successful candidates are chosen by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers both academic and non-academic factors, with no quotas based on any demographic factor such as age, race or gender. We regularly accept individuals who have had other careers and choose to enter medicine later in life.

The Admissions Committee consists of approximately 20 individuals represented by the following:

  • faculty from a variety of disciplines in the Faculty of Medicine
  • a lawyer
  • three community members

Learn how applications are scored here

Changes to admission requirements

Admissions requirements are reviewed annually and the admissions requirements from previous years may not apply. Please monitor our website for up-to-date information.


  1. Requirements

What is required

To apply to the undergraduate MD program, a six years A2 certificate in any science related discipline is required.

The Admissions Committee recognizes that the appropriate preparation for the study of medicine can be acquired through many varied educational backgrounds. However, science related studies are encouraged.

To be considered eligible for University of Rwanda Faculty of Medicine, you must meet our minimum academic requirements. In addition to our academic requirements, you must also meet our course load requirements. If you are international student, you need to contact the Rwanda Education Board (REB) to request equivalence certificate.



  1. Application Process

Overview of the application process

  1. Are you eligible to apply?

Check out the admission requirement to see if you are eligible to apply.

  1. Apply now - Complete Section 1

Our online application is available each year on May 15th. A 10,000 Rwfs application processing fee is required. The deadline to submit Section 1 of your application is on or before 11:59pm June 31st. Section 1 MUST BE submitted in order to receive Section 2, essay and supplemental form of the application. It is important to note that the earlier you submit Section 1 of your application, the more time you will have to complete the essay and supplemental form (Section 2)

  1. Complete Section 2 - Essay and Supplemental Form

See the link to section 2

  1. Application Processing Fee

In person to the Registrar's office by August 4, each year (hours of operation, 9:00am - 4:00pm)

  1. Submit transcripts

Official University Transcripts - One official copy of your transcript from each school you listed on your application must be received by the University of Rwanda Medicine Registrar Office by June 31, each year.

PLEASE NOTE - official transcripts submitted must indicate an issue/print date no later than June 31st, each year. It is the applicant's personal responsibility for requesting official transcripts in a timely manner to meet these deadlines.



  1. Interview Invitations

Interviews take place during one weekend in July each year. Your interview will be scheduled during the week and will take place at either Kigali or Huye campus. The scheduled interview will run for approximately two hours during the morning or the afternoon.

  1. Decision Letters

All decision letters are distributed via email in August each year.


Message from the Dean of School of Medicine and Pharmacy

Congratulations and a Very Happy Welcome to the Dalhousie Medical School Family.  In your journey to becoming a physician, you can be assured that your education here at the University of Rwanda Medical School will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an exemplary doctor. You will learn from our exceptional Faculty and Staff who are dedicated to excellence in Service, Education and Research and will help you to develop your professional identity as a competent, caring doctor. As a member of University of Rwanda Medical School, you will share in its prestigious reputation for outstanding clinical care, innovative medical research and integration of scientific excellence with the humanities.

  1. Contact us

We look forward to hearing from you

Please be in touch if you have any questions.


  1. Faculty of Medicine Admissions Office


Admissions & Student Affairs
Faculty of Medicine, University of Rwanda
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a. Undergraduate Education


i. Innovative undergraduate curriculum

The University of Rwanda Medical School offers the most dynamic, creative, and advanced MD curriculum of any medical school in East Africa. We recently spent two years renewing our undergraduate program to ensure our students get the training they need – and want – to become highly skilled, competent physicians. Learn more about our undergraduate MD curriculum.

ii. Holistic approach to learning


Our undergraduate curriculum integrates clinical skills, communication skills, medical humanities, basic science, ethics, health law, leadership, professionalism and technology to graduate compassionate, highly skilled doctors who are leaders in their communities.



iii. Enough clinical experience

The University of Rwanda medical students shadow a physician in one of our affiliated teaching hospitals on the first days of medical school. Since their 3rd year till their graduation in 5th year, students do their clinical rotations in different departments – anesthesia, internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, diagnostic radiology, hematology, psychiatry, obstetrics…


iv. Living and learning in Rwanda


Around 500 students are enrolled in the five year MD program. they stay in both Kigali and Huye campus. Our unique undergraduate medical curriculum was developed to graduate doctors who uphold the highest professional standards, strive to learn for a lifetime, work hard for their communities and demonstrate the highest quality skills, reflecting the values and needs of people in Rwanda.


v. Collaboration is greater than competition


The University of Rwanda Medical School celebrates the tried and true premise of “two heads are better than one” by encouraging collaboration in our undergraduate curriculum, residency programs, graduate studies and research teams, groups, and institutes. We believe students excel when the support provided – from peers, residents, faculty members, administrators, advisors-- is equal to the expectations set.


vi. Contributing to global health and research


The University of Rwanda medical students can look beyond the Kigali and Huye campus for opportunities to learn firsthand the health priorities and problems of other communities through the Global Health Office (GHO). The GHO offers courses, electives, and clerkships in places like district hospitals in Rwanda, Butaro cancer center, and outside Rwanda like Canada, Germany, and USA.


b. Postgraduate Education


i. Individual attention

Residents receive a unique and exceptional education and training experience through Rwanda Medical School and its affiliated teaching hospitals and sites across Rwanda. They benefit from living, working and learning in diverse communities and from programs that are just the right size to offer individual attention and the highest quality and quantity of hands-on experience. Our faculty knows residents’ names, their professional goals and what their interests are outside of medicine and put that knowledge to good use to enrich residents’ learning.


ii. Collaboration is greater than competition


Rwanda Medical School and our affiliated teaching sites celebrate the tried and true premise of “two heads are better than one” by encouraging and fostering collaboration among residents, students, faculty, and staff in all areas. We are home to 270 residents who, when they arrive, become part of a community. We believe people excel when the support provided – from peers, faculty members, administrators, advisors – is equal to the expectations set. And it’s working. We’ve earned an enviable reputation among other medical schools for fostering a collaborative environment that attracts top faculty, residents, students, and researchers from across around Rwanda.


iii. Location, location, location


Kigali and Huye offer ample opportunity for adventure.  These cities are vibrant, eclectic, and welcoming. The citizens are friendly. The lifestyle promotes family time and recreation. As a resident at Rwanda Medical School, you’ll get experience from many perspectives. Residents train in cities and communities across Rwanda, an opportunity that encourages diverse learning experiences.

Better yet, residents play a direct and vital role in patient care in communities of every shape and size, greatly contributing to the region’s health system and the health of its citizens.


iv. Clinical skills training and simulation


At the Rwanda Medical School, residents deliver patient care from day one, gaining valuable insight from experiential learning. It isn’t always possible or best to “practice” on patients though. To help residents develop excellent clinical skills, our training programs take advantage of the UR Skills Centre.



c. Global Health (Innovation)


1. International programs

Electives through our partners are a great way to ease the burden on students and hosts. The GHO has developed relationships with each partner, allowing greater support from Rwanda Medical School, a better understanding of student strengths from the partners and an overall easier placement. Our goal is to provide focused, consistent and quality placements for students seeking education experiences abroad and to align with current policies. For example, all international medical electives must abide by accreditation standards and the UR policies.

2. Advocacy in global health (Innovation)

The Advocates in Global Health Certificate is the perfect program to link all of your global health experiences. The first of its kind, this program will help you develop a holistic understanding of the issues related to global health through mentorship, education, skills development and public engagement.

You'll learn about the health implications of globalization, determinants of health and ethics of global health initiatives, as well as participate in skill building workshops - all focused on developing your global health competencies.

Info Session: Dates TBA
Application deadline: TBA
Orientation: TBA

Location: Kigali

This certificate has three overarching objectives: 

  1. To provide students with an educational framework to develop a robust understanding of global health. Students will become familiar with the major forces affecting the health of populations transnational and understand the complexity of global health issues in diverse contexts.





  1. To foster skill development in advocacy, a stated competency across the health professions.
  2. To increase interprofessional learning opportunities in global health at the University of Rwanda.

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e. News and event

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  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Alumni Events
  • Community interest
  • Conferences
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Publications by the members of the School

f. Continuous professional development


i. Robust, diversified continuing medical education tailored to the needs of physicians in Rwanda


More than 600 general practitioners and 400 specialists in Rwanda keep their professional knowledge current through University of Rwanda Continuing Professional Development. They participate in annual refresher courses, online courses, workshops, short courses & conferences, traineeships and seminars, all of which are developed based on their needs as determined via comprehensive needs assessments. Continuous Professional Development also works with clinical departments at the University of Rwanda and organizations across Rwanda to help them establish specific education programs to meet their learning objectives and provides an accreditation service to those programs. Learn more about the Continuing Professional Development programs in detail.








ii. Rwanda’s leader in continuing medical education research


University of Rwanda’s medical faculties are leaders in evaluating the effectiveness of continuing professional development, applying their findings to programs delivered here and across Rwanda.


iii. Fostering the highest quality patient care in Rwanda


Rwanda Continuing Professional Development works with many partners to ensure physicians in Rwanda have access to the most up to date clinical training.


g. Research and Innovation


Research opportunities


University of Rwanda Medical School work together to pioneer innovative solutions to pressing health care problems, focusing on the MOH research agenda. The University of Rwanda Medical School offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the quantity and quality of research opportunities with the individual attention from world leading faculty that will result in the best graduate experiences. The Medical School has partnership with the school of public health which conduct many research projects. All medical students and residents are requested to conduct a research project at the end of their training.


Useful link


Calls for research grants

Free medical education materials








  1. Administration

Staff portal (pictures to be added)




The University of Rwanda provides different opportunities in research career:

These opportunities include but not limited to:

  • Funding for research
  • Career development for masters and PhD program by research
  • IRB and ethical clearance

The research is conducted in collaboration with health institutions in Rwanda namely Ministry of Health, Kigali University Teaching Hospital of Kigali and Butare, King Faisal Hospital, Rwanda Military Hospital. For more about research and financing click here.


Health insurance scheme

The University of Rwanda is providing health insurance coverage to more than 30000 students and staff. The requirements for eligibility is to be University student or staff. For more info click here or contact using the following details:, (+250) 789291353




The University provides online teaching and learning programs:

Every staff is requested to upload the teaching materials online using the Moodle platform.

Use Moodle to have access to the online teaching materials and upload the new materials. For more info click here.









Student portal


i. Online materials

  1. UR Library

Here is the link to main library.

There are different libraries present to different schools and department, consult your department administration for more info.


  1. e-ressources

There are wide range of online materials available for students and staff at university of Rwanda: this include but not limited to journals, books, those materials can be accessed using University network. For more info follow the link.


  1. E-learning

The e-learning provide access to the learning materials uploaded by University teachers it also provides the free materials to help students to increase their knowledge and skills. The following link will help you to have access.


ii. Health insurance scheme


The University of Rwanda is providing health insurance coverage to more than 30000 students and staff. The requirements for eligibility are to be University student or staff. For more info click here or contact using the following details:, (+250)789291353


iii. Moodle


The University provides online teaching and learning programs. Every staff is requested to upload the teaching materials online using the Moodle platform.

Use Moodle to have access to the online teaching materials and upload the new materials. For more info click here.







iv. Undergradate application form

v. Opportunities

vi. IRB



  1. Masters programs / Postgraduate Per Departments


  1. Department of Anesthesia

For Paulin Banguti's scientific contributionswhile affiliated with University of Rwanda (Butare, Rwanda) and other places, please go to


  • Masters of Medicine (MMed) in Anesthesiology

Anesthesia postgraduate program is a four years program and it is run by the University of Rwanda since 2006 with a close collaboration with the Canadian Anesthesiology Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Global Health Organization (ASAGHO). It offers good opportunities to graduates from Medical School to learn and master the scientific knowledge and skills to provide general, regional and neuro-axial anesthesia for a broad spectrum of surgical interventions on both adult and pediatric population including neonates, to gain an overview on analgesia for acute and chronic pain and management of critically ill patients.


It also includes an introduction to analgesia for labor. This is made possible thanks to a well-designed curriculum that includes theoretical learning on the weekly academic days, rounds through a supervised clinical experience in the four referral hospitals in Rwanda with a possibility of an elective abroad for a 4-6 months period in Canada, France or one of the East African Countries. Our residents are also trained in educational methods and have an opportunity to practice at several occasions with younger residents and medical students rotating in Anesthesia and Critical Care medicine and this happens in the Simulation and Skills Center, in wards and Operating theatres to give them enough baggage to run the continuous medical education and engage in self-directed and lifelong learning.


  • Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry

The insufficiency in qualified mental health human resources constitutes a crucial problem in Rwanda. This program aims to respond to this need. The post genocide context has dramatically confronted the Rwandan society to the huge challenges in the mental health area. The lack of human resources hinders considerably the good functioning of the system. Therefore, MMed psychiatry program has been launched in order to provide the country with enough psychiatrists well trained. Training is organized in 4 years. First year: outside Rwanda (in Belgium or Switzerland)? Years 2 &3: in Rwanda in referral settings in mental health? Year 4: Outside Rwanda (In Belgium and Switzerland).


It’s as well a period of thesis (dissertation)The MMed program targets the need of improving the quality of mental health care to the population by endowing the country with a sufficient number of competent specialists in psychiatry. In another hand, this program will be focused to the need of providing the country with a sufficient number of competent teachers in order to ensure future psychiatric training and get independence in the teaching needs in this domain. This program is one of new specialization programs into the University of Rwanda which started October 2013.




  • Masters of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health

The Master’s in Pediatrics and Child Health is a four - year fulltime program. The training includes; all round clinical Pediatrics, and training in research, with the objective of producing Pediatricians proficient in: clinical practice, advocacy for children, promotion of child Health, and in research. At different times during the training, the Postgraduate students rotate through the 4 teaching hospitals, at each stage taking on increasing clinical, teaching, and organizational responsibilities.


The Department is fostering development of sub-specialties in: Pediatric cardiology, Neonatology, Infectious diseases, and Pediatric Intensive care, all with support from several world-class medical training institutions that work with the local faculty. The program is aimed at improving the wellbeing of children in Rwanda and beyond 4.




Masters of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences is located at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) and University Teaching hospital of Butare (CHUB). The residency program offers four years of training, with ten to fifteen positions at each level. All residents throughout their residency are assigned to both obstetrics and gynecology rotations. Over the four years they receive a broad experience in obstetric and gynecologic patient management and procedures and must show proficiency at each level. This includes the outpatient department or OPD with an emphasis on primary preventive care in the outpatient setting.


Residents are also required to rotate in other hospitals outside main teaching hospitals including a district hospital exposure. The educational program also includes experience in simulation, private clinics, daily ward rounds, daily morning staff meetings, formal conferences, basic science seminars and combined conferences and experience with related Rwandan or visiting subspecialists. As a part of their educational experience, the residents also have not only experience but are required to teach medical students in their basic clinical clerkships and advanced elective courses. This includes visiting students and residents from outside of Rwanda.

The residency provides four years of progressive assessments and supervised training in obstetrics and gynecology, qualifying the resident for their MMed degree. It offers a unique opportunity for combining the educational and research aspects of a university department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with the outstanding clinical training and experience available at teaching sites and supporting District and referral hospitals. There is a strong commitment to research by the department. Residents are exposed to research methods and thinking in obstetrics and gynecology. They are required to do an approved research project and defend their dissertation with success based on their research project. This is needed for graduation from the program. The residency is taught and monitored by a highly experienced faculty both in teaching and in clinical experience.


The program builds a broad and practical clinical experience, under careful faculty supervision, which will help the resident develop the skills of responsible, ethical judgment, thorough knowledge of all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and perfection of surgical skill and technical ability in all obstetric and gynecologic procedures. At the end of the program the graduate must be able to show and prove proficiency in all of these areas. They are expected to be leaders and teachers of Obstetrics and Gynecology throughout Rwandan providing excellence in women's health care.


Masters of Medicine in General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Urology:

  • General Surgery: 4 years
  • Orthopedic Surgery: 6 years
  • Neurosurgery: 6 years
  • Urology: 5 years


All 4 programs share a common first year of basic surgical training, with the remaining years dedicated to the respective specialties. Residents are mentored and coached by experienced consultants across 4 teaching hospitals – CHUK, CHUB, KFH and RMH. The aim of the training is to prepare postgraduates to work and thrive in the Rwandan healthcare system, mastering locally relevant management strategies and becoming facile with global advances in surgical care. The Department’s goal is to provide the country with competent surgeons with sound medical knowledge, excellent operative technical skills, excellent attitudes and also the best non-technical skills for surgeons.


Finally, all residents complete a research thesis, in an effort to develop the surgical scholars that will lead innovation in surgical delivery in Rwanda. The program benefits from an active simulation curriculum, international research collaborations, teleconferencing with overseas partners, and exposure to multiple sub-specialties. Motivated residents have received support to present at international meetings.






  • Master’s program in Pharmacy/School of Medicine and Pharmacy

The Master’s programs in Pharmacy are aimed at developing skills so as to prepare graduates for positions in pharmaceutical industry, medicines quality assurance, research, education and medical settings. The curricula leading to the degree of Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences are designed to equip individuals to contribute to advances in areas of pharmacy, allied health and biosciences. Furthermore, graduates master ability to interpret and critically review basic, pharmaceutical and clinical research in order to foster lifelong learning. The current curriculum is developed in Medicine Quality Control and quality assurance systems with the objective to build skills in how to assure quality in pharmaceutical research, pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical inspection and auditing. The exit award after completion of two years program is a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.


  • Masters of Medicine in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)


The MMed in ENT is a four-year program and aims at training specialists to face the challenges in Otorhinolaryngology for Rwandan people in particular and international community in general. The MMed in ENT program benefits from an active international collaboration especially with the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. The Department’s goal is to provide the country with competent ENT surgeons with excellent operative technical skills, excellent attitudes and good research skills. During their last year, all residents in ENT complete a research thesis, which they have to present as a requirement for the award of the degree of ENT Surgeon.


  • Masters of Medicine in Internal Medicine


This is a four-year post-graduate program entitled “Master of Medicine (MMed) in Internal Medicine" that is accomplished by clinical work, module-based learning and a dissertation. This Master’s program focuses on developing core skills and knowledge in General Internal Medicine, incorporating each of the medical specialty disciplines and providing a foundation for consolidation and further study within the graduand's future careers.



The aim is to produce specialists in internal medicine capable of thriving professionally in an African healthcare context, while providing excellent patient care, wise clinical leadership and sought-after teaching of junior and other staff. Residents in Internal Medicine are expected to have: - The ability to diagnose and manage all common acute medical presentations and refer as appropriate- Professional, communication, cognitive and teamwork skills, to support the management of medical conditions- An excellent ‘breadth of competence’ and reasonable ‘depth of competence’ across the medical specialties. Each of these objectives will be taught, learnt and assessed within the context of everyday African hospital-based clinical practice, supported by formal teaching based upon the module-based curriculum laid out herein.


  • Master’s in Clinical Psychology and Therapeutics


The Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology and Therapeutics aims to train high qualified psychologists. At the end of the program, graduate must be able to: analyze the context of mental disorders, formulate a diagnosis and prognosis, use instruments for hypotheses’ verification, propose a therapy according to the patient and context resources, propose a follow-up and fulfill the report file of the patient. The candidate must also be able to contribute to the mental health care promotion and to carry out the sensitization activities in mental health domain. This program lasts for two (2) years and students need to complete a minimum of 8 modules including internship and writing a dissertation. Taught modules include: Mistreatment and Violence, Trauma Treatment, Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, Ethno-psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Political Crisis and Mental health, Work Placement and Student’s Project




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School of Medicine and pharmacy

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

University of Rwanda

PO Box 3286 Kigali




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