Doctor Mwapatsa Mipando is Dean of Faculty at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. During his term of office, he has managed to secure scholarships and other resources from both within and outside Malawi to enable capable but poor students to attain medical education. He has served as Head of the Physiology Department at the College of Medicine.
Dr. Mipando coordinates the curriculum review process of the first two years of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme. This review has seen the introduction of an integrated system approach of teaching the basic medical sciences and pathology courses with a bit of introduction to early clinical training. With funding from the Scottish executive through St Andrews University, the curriculum will be delivered using a virtual learning environment (VEL).
Dr. Mipando was also involved in the development of the Bachelor of Pharmacy curriculum and the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum. He is a member of the College of Medicine Training and Education Office (COMETO) whose mandate is to establish a forum for curriculum development and innovation. COMETO is also planning to hold annual stakeholder conferences on Health Science Education with a hope of defining what a Malawian health practitioner is.
Dr. Mipando is the Vice-Chairman of the Malawi National Steering Committee on Research in Traditional Medicine. He sees this role as an avenue for removing the mistrust between allopathic medical practitioners and traditional healers. He hopes to see these two groups starting to respect and corroborate with each other in their areas of expertise. He is also eager to train pharmacy students about traditional medicine and its impact on health services delivery.
Dr. Mipando received his academic training at University of Malawi, University of Liverpool, UK and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has received several awards along his academic path. He is currently interested in the research and development of traditional medicine in Malawi, and he is also interested in cell adherence mechanisms between epithelial cells and microorganisms.