Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences of Bhutan launch Post­grad­u­ate Res­i­dency Pro­gram

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As man­dated by the Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences Act of Bhutan 2012, the Univer­sity has launched the Post­grad­u­ate Res­i­dency Pro­gramme in the cap­i­tal last Thurs­day.

To de­velop health hu­man re­sources for the pro­vi­sion of sus­tained pa­tient-cen­tered qual­ity care and pub­lic health ed­u­ca­tion through in­no­va­tive, in­te­grated learner-cen­tered ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing cur­ric­ula and re­search ac­tiv­i­ties in con­so­nance with GNH prin­ci­ples and hu­man val­ues.

The Min­is­ter for Health and the Chair­per­son of the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil of the Univer­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences of Bhutan, Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk said, although Bhutan has made sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem over the last 50 years planned devel­op­ment, the health sec­tor con­tin­ues to be plagued by short­age of trained health pro­fes­sion­als at all lev­els, par­tic­u­larly at the lev­els of doc­tors and spe­cial­ist.

Ly­onpo said, in order to help re­al­ize our na­tional as­pi­ra­tion of self-re­liance in health hu­man re­sources and pro­vi­sion of sus­tained qual­ity care, the Royal Govern­ment of Bhutan has es­tab­lished the Univer­sity of Medi- cal Sciences of Bhutan (UMSB) with the man­date to pro­vide med­i­cal and health ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in the coun­try.

The pro­gram is per­haps the first of its kind wherein a struc­tured and full­time post­grad­u­ate course is be­ing ini­ti­ated, spear­headed, and im­ple­mented within the coun­try us­ing the avail­able re­sources, said the Ly­onpo.

In­terim Pres­i­dent, Dr. Kin­zang P. Tsh­er­ing said, more than a half of a cen­tury has passed since mod­ern health­care ser­vices were in­tro­duced in Bhutan. We have made un­be­liev­able progress in health­care but the short­age of spe­cial­ized health man­power, par­tic­u­larly at the spe­cial­ists’ level still poses a con­tin­u­ing chal­lenge in our quest to pro­vide eq­ui­table health­care in the coun­try. More­over, with the rise in aware­ness for the gen­eral pub­lic on health and their de­mand for qual­ity ser­vices against ex­po­nen­tial rise in the cost of re­fer­rals out­side the coun­try. The govern­ment is spend­ing huge amount to bring in ex­pa­tri­ate spe­cial­ists and that too with so much dif­fi­culty and lim­i­ta­tions.

The Royal Govern­ment of Bhutan is deeply con­cerned with im­prove­ment of ser­vices at the JDWNR Hos­pi­tal and brings down health care cost, par­ticu- larly the cost of pa­tient re­fer­rals out­side the coun­try. The govern­ment has al­ready granted au­ton­omy to JDWNR Hos­pi­tal to fa­cil­i­tate the growth and fur­ther strength­en­ing of the ser­vices, he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, the main aim of the pro­gram is to ad­dress the short­ages of spe­cial­ists in the coun­try and to im­prove and strengthen the de­liv­ery of ter­tiary health­care. The res­i­dency pro­gram will fa­cil­i­tate the avail­abil­ity of doc­tors round the clock to at­tend to the pa­tients quickly and ef­fi­ciently. The pro­gram would also call for devel­op­ment of ad­di­tional spe­cial­ist ser­vices to en­rich teach­ing and learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties which will pos­i­tively im­pact pa­tient care.

The pro­gram of­fers to only five dis­ci­plines as of now and there are nine res­i­dents in five dis­ci­plines, for in­stance, two in Gy­nae-Ob­stet­rics, two in Pe­di­atrics, two in Surgery, two in Oph­thal­mol­ogy, and one in Anes­the­si­ol­ogy and this pro­gram will ex­pand to other dis­ci­pline as well.

While, the Post Grad­u­ate Pro­gram is headed by a Pro­gram Direc­tor, Dr. Phub Dorji, who was for­mally ap­pointed as the Pro­gram Direc­tor of the Post­grad­u­ate Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (PGMEC) and the fac­ul­ties com­prises of spe­cial­ist from the JDWNR Hos­pi­tal and the new spe­cial­ist will grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity in four years from now.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ly­onpo Mingbo Dukpa who was present at the launch­ing oc­ca­sion also re­leased the first An­nual Re­port 20132014 of the Univer­sity.

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