Course offered

Specialized Advance Diploma in Anaesthesia

Duration 2 years

Entry requirements – any one of the following

  • Diploma in Midwifery
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Diploma in clinical medicine and community health
  • Diploma in comprehensive nursing
  • Ordinary Diploma in anaesthesia (Anaesthetic assistant)

The School of Anaesthesia was started in 1997, in response to increased surgical interventions and relatively limited numbers of anaesthesiologists to manage emergencies and elective surgical procedures. We train Anaesthetic Officers and Anaesthetic Assistants, providing anaesthetic services in government and non-government institutions in Uganda. We are dedicated to improving anaesthetic services through our production units and ensuring that all regional referral hospitals and HCVI have trained anaesthetists.


We are dedicated to delivering safe anaesthesia and to improving patient outcomes from anaesthesia through pre-operative preparation and management of patients who need surgical care. Equally, we are committed to improving the institutional infrastructure facilities and educational programmes, to meet the needs of communities in line with government policies in health and education.


Our aim is to produce quality, competent and skilled Anaesthetic Officers in order to respond to the community needs, and foster academic, professional growth, career development and mentoring.

School Activities

Morning conference

This activity is chaired and conducted by students before lectures and theatre. All the students and teaching staff discuss and share experiences in general anaesthetic management and care:

  • Pre-operative evaluation and preparation
  • Experience from plan surgical procedures
  • Experiences from emergencies (night calls and intensive care unit); reports of critical incidences are shared, noted and appropriate action is taken.


Contact hours: 1- 2 hours in the classroom and 6- hour-clinical practical work, every day.

Field attachment

National referral of 6 weeks and Specialized units of 2 weeks which are scheduled during the final year of training to promote competence, professional growth and development.

Field attachment sites

Mulago National Referral and Mbarara National Referral Hospitals where students are distributed to selected surgical departments such as intensive care unit, emergency and accident unit/theatre, Obstetrics and gynaecological theatre, ENT, Orthopaedics, neurological, Cardiothoracic and plastic theatres.


The school run on a semester system, every end of semester, a national examination is carried out. Our students have registered 80-90% success in their examinations over the last 20 years.

Our Team

  • Retired Anaesthesiologist from UK ( 2)
  • 1 Resident Anaesthesiologists
  • 3 tutors
  • 1 clinical instructor
  • Support from WFSA e-books and textbooks for students and tutors references

Future plans

  • To open a school for intensive care medicine and recovery alongside the Anaesthesia School
  • Establish an Emergency Response Team for Gulu
  • Establish pain management clinics, especially in obstetrics
  • Establish a training centre for Regional Anaesthesia and Central Venous Access