Exchange report - incoming teachers
Nationalparken La Campana
Home university: University of Malawi
Study programme: Medicine
Exchange programme: Linnaeus-Palme
Semester: Autumn semester 2022/2023
Duration: 18
Name: Victoria Memory Bobe
Email address:


<p>The accommodation was great. I was asked my preference in advance and had a number of options to chose from. At the apartments, Where there was any issue the housing team was able to respond on time. The location felt very safe with easy access to public transport and it was affordable.</p>

Language and Culture

<p>The teaching was mostly done in Swedish. This was a barrier when attending some teaching sessions where the lecture was already prepared in swedish. The swedish culture was very interesting to experience and learn from. People were friendly and willing to explain and teach on swedish norms making the experience even better. I was surprised to learn that shared accomodation among the students was mixed in terms of gender, and that they shared same bathrooms which would be culturally unacceptable in my home country. This also influenced my choice of accommodation.</p>

Leisure time

<p>It is very important to understand the culture and living in Sweden to understand how the environment affects/influences medical education. Social activities also encourage networking and collaboration so I think this is very important.</p>


This was a wonderfully opportunity and great programme. If I could make it a lot longer I would. There is so much to see, learn and do but so little time.

Other activities

<p>I managed to engage with 2 people pertaining to research and plan to collaborate with them on research in post-partum hemorrhage and how mining affects maternal and child health outcomes. This is an ongoing collaboration. I was able to have meetings where we looked at the new curriculum that is going to be implemented and give some input. I was able to attend some student teaching and able to participate in teaching during these sessions. I was able to participate in many clinical activities, including robotic surgery, assisted reproductive techniques, laparoscopic surgery and abortion clinic. None of which are available in my home country.</p>


<p>I was very satisfied with the information and support from the project coordinator. The information was given well in advance allowing me to plan for each day accordingly and to plan for the visit before I arrived. The information from the international coordinator was thorough and adequate.</p>


<p>The teacher exchange was inspiring and motivating. It was great to see many subspecialties of obstetrics and gynecology at work. This gave me an idea of what each subspecialty was truly about in reality and inspired me to consider subspecialist training.The teaching methods offered at KI are different from those offered at my university. However, some of the teaching methods can be applied at our university, e.g EPA which I think is a great teaching method. The teacher exchange visit was a great experience. I would recommend that it continues, and also if it could be extended to undergraduate and post graduate medical students.</p>


<p>The quality of education is great with resources made readily available to students and ample time is dedicated to teaching the students. particularly the new curriculum was impressive having included EPA. However the students don’t spend enough time in certain specialties e.g obs and gynae enough to really grasp basic concepts or be inspired enough to take on the specialty after their undergraduate studies. I did not spend much time with the students because they get very little time in the specialty though I was involved in few teaching activities, more with the international students because these sessions were in English. In Malawi, students spend at least 8 to 9 weeks in obstetrics and gynaecology, of which teaching in given in seminars and bedside teaching. They spend more time with patients and have a lot more case based learning.</p>

Teaching hours

<p>The students are taught for at least 20 hours per week, with at least 50% of the time spent on lessons and at least 30% for bedside teaching and the other 20% on other activities.</p>