Archives for December 15, 2005

Learn medicine from US experts in Mumbai in 2 years

When I saw the title, I really thought this was a diploma mill scam, but it’s not. It appears to be a pioneering approach to teach some medical specialties in India not currently offered there:
Learn medicine from US experts in Mumbai in 2 years

Mumbia Newsline

Mumbai, December 14: Every year, several post-graduate students from the city travel to foreign shores to learn medicine. But two years from now, they may have the option of learning from medical experts from the US right here in Mumbai.

This is because the University of South Florida (USF)—along with Maharashtra Medical University—has offered to start various post-graduate courses in medicine in Mumbai.

Speaking to Newsline, (USF President) Dr Genshaft said that USF would like ‘‘to extend (its) expertise to city doctors and help produce better trained physicians’’. The newly-constructed 13-storey building of GT Hospital could be used for this purpose, USF officials suggested.

Director of Public Health Dr P P Doke said that this initiative is aimed at providing specialisations that Mumbai University does not currently offer.

‘‘Students have to spend a lot of money to go abroad and study subjects like immunology or emergency medicine,” he said. “If these courses are made available right here, it will help a lot of prospective doctors. They will probably pay the same fees, but won’t need to go abroad.’’

Dr Doke added that a policy decision will have to be taken by the cabinet soon. Only then will the process start. And though only certificate-level courses will be offered initially, the certificates will be acknowledged internationally and be on par with those received after actually studying abroad, he added.

Random thoughts:

  • I am so thankful I only had to travel to California for training, instead of another country and culture.
  • I hope Dr. Genshaft didn’t really say that, or said something similar that didn’t sound nearly as bad.
  • Some USF docs could be in for a very interesting experience, teaching medicine in the biggest democracy on earth.
  • Not having this education system, what is a ‘certificate level’ of medical instruction? I need education on that subject.

USF is one of three Florida med schools, in Tampa.

So, there’s a little international medicine thrown in. I’m trying not to be too predictable.