How Different Are The Subjects In Clinical Medicine From The MBChB Programme?

How Different Are The Subjects In Clinical Medicine From The MBChB Programme?
Medicine - the science of healing is a vital education for society’s betterment.
And the professionals practising this science, be it, Doctors, Nurses, Clinical researchers or anyone else involved in this field is regarded with the utmost respect. 

This is one of the reasons the field of medicine is taken with reverence and commitment. To become a Doctor with Bachelor’s in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery (MBChB) is to commit oneself to 7 years of intense studying of the human body and the ways and means to heal it.

But not all of us can take on such a commitment, but still want to be a productive member of the clinical medicine field helping others to heal and get well. For such students, many clinical medicine schools in Zambia provide less intense 4-year courses that deal with subjects in clinical medicine - provide a practical approach to learning the processes of taking care of patients, help in the diagnose of illness and also be part of the medical teams headed by doctors involved in surgeries.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to understand the differences between clinical medicine and MBChB. Cavendish University in Zambia is one of the few accredited universities that offer multiple medical education degrees -


Clinical Medicine V/s Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (MBChB)

Clinical Medicine Study, Employment and other details

Clinical Medicine encompasses all the practical aspects of practising medicine. 
It deals with practitioners practicing and studying medicine completely based on the direct examination of the patients. It is contrasting to other medicinal fields that deal with the theory and fundamentals of medical science. Subjects in clinical medicine combine theory in basic and applied biomedical science.  

This 4 -year course imparts practical clinical skills in medicine, paediatrics, reproductive medicine, and surgery, following which employment as Clinical Officers, Clinical Scientists or even Clinical Researchers can be obtained in accredited hospitals.
 In clinical medicine, medical practitioners assess patients in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases. They conduct medical interviews to assess the chief complaint of the patient, history of the complaint or illness, patients’ lifestyle - work, hobbies, and activities that could be a cause of complaint, family history,  medicine or home remedies they have already tried prior to visiting the Clinical Medicine Practitioner.

Then Physical examination is conducted using diagnostic medical devices like a stethoscope, thermometer. Medical tests are also conducted.  And finally, from all the information collated, the physician prescribes treatments. All the data collected is documented in the medical record for future purposes.

Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (MBChB)

The Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program teaches the students the essential theory and basics plus deep-dive knowledge about the human body and trains them to become competent doctors equipped with the necessary skills, in-depth knowledge, and the right attitude to succeed a highly fluid and dynamic environment.
This 7-year course is an intensive and comprehensive approach to learning healthcare - a well-balanced program between preventive, promotive, curative, and rehabilitative healthcare in primary healthcare or community settings.

This course provides hands-on, practical experience in simulated settings and in the real world of clinical and biomedical practice. It produces highly confident and skilled graduates who are ready for the diverse range of careers available to them worldwide.
A career as researchers, health profession trainers, and most prominently Medical Doctors who can go further ahead and specialize any of the 60 specialist areas of medicine including surgery, cardiologist, pathologist, psychiatrist, paediatricians, and obstetrician/gynaecologist to name a few.

It is also important to note that Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (MBChB) foremost includes all the subjects of Clinical Medicine and goes a step further to inculcate both theoretical and practical aspects of healing of a human body.


Amongst the many Clinical Medicine schools in Zambia, Cavendish University offers an accredited course in clinical medicine - BACHELOR OF CLINICAL SCIENCES (BC SC). Even the Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery (MBChB) degree is an accredited course.
Both of these courses are accredited programmes by the Health Professionals Council of Zambia (HPCZ) in accordance with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Zambia.  

Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) is a statutory regulatory body established under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia. 
Incharge of
- Registration of health practitioners and regulation of their professional conduct (except for nurses who are registered and regulated under another Act).
- Licensing and regulation of all health facilities.
- Accreditation of healthcare services provided by health facilities. 
- Recognition and approval of training programmes for health practitioners.
- Conducting and managing professional licensure examinations.

Based on your level of interest in the field of medicine and your level of commitment you can pursue any of these two courses. And Cavendish University will be a great start to embark on a remarkable Medical Professional journey.
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