In fulfillment of its vision and mission, the College of Health Sciences in August 2000 established a Postgraduate Endowment Fund managed by a Board of Trustee with the following aims:
a) Promote the training of doctors and other health professional of high quality to cater for the health needs of Ghana.
b) Undertake research especially into local diseases.
c) Provide scholarships tenable for graduate training at any of the constituent Schools.
d) Procure essential equipment for research related to graduate training in Medicine and Allied Health Sciences.
The Fund is expected to support postgraduate students through provision of scholarships and award of research grants for their M.Phil and PhD. research projects.
The establishment of the Endowment Fund has had tremendous impact on enrolment into postgraduate (Residency, MPhil, MPH and PhD) programmes in the College. Before the Fund was instituted, attraction of young graduates into postgraduate programmes was low. Indeed from 1996 to 1998, recruitment into FWACS/FWACP training programmes averaged 7 per year.
Enrolment of MPH students for the School of Public Health averaged 24 per year and enrolment in academic MPhil, PhD and MD programmes in the Health Sciences averaged 22 in 1999.
Since the inception of the Endowment Fund, almost all the schools and institution under the College have doubled their intake with more than half the students benefiting from the Fund.
Beneficiaries have pursued specialist programmes in Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Child Health, Internal Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedics, Dentistry etc. Others have also pursued postgraduate courses in fields such as Anatomy, Pathology, Microbiology, Haematology, Allied Health Sciences, Public Health, Reproductive Health etc.
About 90% of those who have benefited from the scholarships and have qualified are still in the country as specialist doctors, Allied Health Professionals, Public Health Practitioners and Medical Scientists working for the Ministry of Health, the College and other Health Institutions. The Fund has therefore had a positive impact on the training of health professionals in the country. It has also played a significant role in reversing the brain drain.