SCMSA Summer School on Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine


Our scientific program offers a hands-on experience to have a closer look on infectious diseases and tropical medicine where the student is exposed to the topic extensively through lectures covering basic and clinical aspects, clinical sessions where tutors demonstrate history taking and examination then the students are allowed to perform both. The program is also supplemented by studying material, logbook, tasks, and discussion sessions to implement basic principles of tropical medicine.

The method of teaching is Problem Based Learning (PBL) which utilizes clinical cases to stimulate inquiry, critical thinking and knowledge application/integration related to the sciences (biological, behavioral and social) basic to medicine. Through this active, collaborative, case-based learning process students acquire a deeper understanding of the principles of medicine but more importantly acquire the skills necessary for life-long learning.

Each PBL group has 5-6 students and a facilitator. Case information is disclosed progressively across two or more sessions for each case. This process mimics the manner in which a practicing physician obtains data from a patient. PBL has developed a similar format, allowing students to develop progressive learning issues and hypotheses as the additional pieces of information about a patient are disclosed to the student. The students identify learning issues and information needs and assign learning tasks among the group. The students discuss their findings at the next session and review the case in light of their learning.

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Infectious Disease & Tropical Medicine

While there is no solid or straight forward definition for the term “infectious tropical diseases”, the WHO defines them as all diseases that occur solely, or principally, in the tropics. Moreover, this term extends to cover all communicable and noncommunicable diseases, genetic disorders caused by nutritional deficiencies or environmental conditions (such as heat, humidity, and altitude) (1). Thus, the branch of Medicine that deals with “infectious tropical diseases” is called “tropical Medicine”.

The original designation of certain diseases as being tropical can be dated back to the 1898 publication of Sir Patrick Manson’s Tropical Diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates(2). This volume identified twelve tropical infectious diseases, as well as a few other noninfectious diseases such as pellagra. Since then, the list of tropical infections has expanded to include well over one hundred infections. However, it is essential to understand that tropical diseases predominate, but not confined to, developing countries mainly lying between, and alongside, the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn belts.

It is not always clear that climate is the actual factor determining distribution, or if other human factors such as economics, politics, culture, etc., are involved. While many major diseases are primarily regarded as tropical, it is important to recognize that climate change can influence distribution, and that organisms are constantly adapting and evolving. In the early part of the twentieth century, it was estimated that there were 5-7 million cases of malaria a year in the US between Florida and Connecticut. Malaria was a disease familiar to the British of the sixteenth century and is even described by Shakespeare in Henry V (II. i. 123).

It is estimated that infections cause over 13 million deaths a year in developing countries, accounting for approximately 50% of all deaths. Only six diseases cause over 90% of the deaths attributed to infections: pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrheal diseases, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS. Only pneumonia is a leading cause of death in developed countries. The others are found in developed countries but are now controlled mainly through vaccination and health measures.

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By Mina Sedhom, April 4th 2015


  1. Good day. I will love to attend this summer school. I’m a medical student at All Saint University school of medicine, Roseau,Dominica,Carribean. There is no Egypt embassy around here. Pls do u have an idea of how I can go about the visa application. Thanks

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