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Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Obstetrics and Gynaecology is the medical specialty that encompasses the two subspecialties of obstetrics (covering pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period) and gynaecology (covering the health of the female reproductive system – vagina, uterus, ovaries, and breasts). It also specializes in other women’s health issues, such as menopause, hormone problems, contraception (birth control), and infertility.

Obstetrics deals with the care of the pregnant women, the unborn baby, labor and delivery and the immediate period following childbirth. The obstetrician ensures that mother and child get the best prenatal care to ensure labor and delivery is accomplished without complications and that should intervention be needed, it is done quickly and safely.

Gynecology deals with any ailment concerning the reproductive organs; uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries and vagina. A gynecologist may also treat related problems in the bowel, bladder and urinary system since these are closely related to female reproductive organs.

There are four recognized subspecialties in the field of Obstetrics/Gynecology:

1. Child Mental Gynecologic Oncology:

Concerned with consultation and comprehensive management of patients with gynecologic cancer. Requires knowledge of major cancer treatments, diagnosis, and complications of oncology

2. Maternal/Fetal Medicine:

Concerned with the care and consultation of patients with complications of pregnancy. Requires knowledge of obstetrics, medical and surgical complications of mother and fetus, current approaches to diagnosis and treatment, and newborn adaptation.

3. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility:

Concerned with the management of complex problems relating to reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Requires knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of endocrinology and infertility disorders.

4. Urogynecology/Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery:

Concerned with the health of the female urinary tract and surgery as a treatment. Requires knowledge of complex benign pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders, pelvic floor dysfunction, and reconstructive pelvic surgery.

Word from Head of the Department:

Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at IMTU! It is a clinical department under the Faculty of Medicine and is attached with the IMTU Hospital. Maintaining your bearing while navigating the hazards inherent in your course requires a clear understanding of your destination. This knowledge of the intended target can be challenging for an academic department that ends up with a nexus of clinical and academic objectives that cross specialties, hospitals, programmes, and health authorities. Successful navigation demands a clear idea of how the goals of the constituent segments coalesce to define the goals of the department.

The department provides a learning experience that encourages each student, regardless of ultimate career choice, to develop professional attitudes, diagnostic skills and knowledge relevant to the human female and to her sexual and reproductive systems. This experience enables each student to assume more effective responsibility for the general delivery of health care to the adolescent, adult and aging female and to the newborn. The student is taught to recognize those patients who require special gynecologic consultation. Health-related reproductive and social issues such as family planning and sexually transmitted diseases are discussed as well as other aspects of population control, sexual difficulties, sterilization and induced abortion.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology courses are offered for the MBBS, BSc Nursing and MMed OB/GYN programmes. The courses are taught from the 3rd year of the MBBS programme and students do junior and senior clinical rotations. The educational material is presented to familiarize students with all sources of knowledge relevant to these subject areas. Students may extend their knowledge and skills in a direction and depth appropriate to current and ultimate career goals. Students are also encouraged to take elective research projects in basic, clinical and social research in OB/GYN.

The service roles focus on the general areas of obstetrical and gynecologic care. Obstetrics deals with a high-risk pregnancy population and provides excellent educational opportunities for both student and staff members. The OB/GYN specialists provide consultancy for patients at the IMTYU Hospital.

Vision & Mission:
  • Vision : We strive to be the leaders in obstetric, gynecologic, and reproductive health for women of all ages in Tanzania through excellence in clinical care, education, and research.
  • Mission :
  • Empowering women to achieve healthier lives… It all starts here.
  • To elevate the standard of women’s healthcare by delivering specialized services that improve quality and positively impact the lives of women, their newborns and the families we serve.
  • Promote the highest standard of obstetric, gynecologic, and reproductive health through personalized clinical care based on the latest research and innovation.
  • Create future leaders in obstetric, gynecologic, and reproductive health and enhance life-long learning for all health professionals in our community through thoughtful and innovative education.
  • Conduct research that provides evidence to expand the boundaries of our knowledge, and to inform the practice and improve the quality of obstetric, gynecologic, and reproductive healthcare.
Core Values:

Our passion to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare is energized and shaped by the core values we embrace. They guide our decisions and provide direction for the work we do. They are the heart of our team, the character of our company and the legacy of our future. We will remain rooted in the values that drive us.

  • Passion for People: We place genuine concern and compassion for people at the heart of every decision and every action.
  • Delivering Excellence: We remain steadfast and united in our pursuit of the highest achievable standards of quality and professionalism in every aspect of our life-saving, life-changing enterprise.
  • Genuine Service: We serve intentionally, sincerely, and joyfully with humility. We are sensitive to one another’s needs and every individual is extended grace and kindness, regardless of circumstance.
  • Principled Leadership: We embrace our leadership position, relying upon clear and uncompromised values, principles and honor to direct our paths. We utilize our knowledge, talents and experience to be good stewards of the responsibility with which we all have been entrusted.
  • Uncompromised Integrity: Our actions and words reflect our strong moral and ethical character.