Saturday, December 20, 2008

Boost for medical education

Boost for medical Education:
The United States department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Global Health Sciences (OGHA) on Friday awarded a grant of US $ 50,000 -approximately Rs 20 lakh- to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) for strengthening medical education in the state. The grant will help tackle shortage of doctors in the state and will be used to enhance the doctors' skills. MUHS will organise deans consultation programme inwhich all the deans of the 284 affiliated colleges will be trained in leadership skills. The grant will be used for five purposes which include preparation of a proper module for teachers, continuous medical education, skill enhancement through continuing professional development, development of leadership qualities and reforms in examinations system.

Over the past few decades, HHS office in India has administered over $ 200 mn for cooperative health projects in high priority areas, such as HIV/AIDS, polio, tuberculosis, malaria and leprosy.

Dr J D Bapat: Source: The Indian Express, 20 December 2008

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