Admissions going on for MCh programs in Texila American University

Texila American University has developed this”Knowledge Based Assessment” program leading to M. Ch Certification (Magister Chirurgie). The aim and objectives of the M. Ch Certification course is to provide research based Masters Degree, designed to gain super specialty experience in the respective specialization.

Programs Offered:
Mch Trauma and Orthopedics


MB ChB / MBBS or an equivalent qualification and must possess either. MS orthopedics/DNB/Dip. Orthopedics/FRCS/ MRCS or an equivalent specialist qualification

Age: No age bar, Candidates with experience in the field will be given preference

Advantages Of The Program:

  • Course Ware is done online.
  • Clinical Component can be done from Current location of work.
  • Supported by Program Chair- who is subject matter expert.
  • Duration; 1 year program for the MBBS doctors and those who have relevant diplomas.
  • Similar to programs offered by University of Edinburg UK.

Salient Features Of The Program:

  • The aim and objectives of the “Magister Chirurgie” M.Ch course are to provide a Research based Masters Degree, designed to gain super specialty experience in the particular subject.
  • This course is designed for the upcoming surgeons and as well for the senior surgeons wanting to update their knowledge and gain an additional qualification.
  • M.Ch candidates are exposed for the publication of at least two research articles in refereed journals / international journals.
  • There is no age bar. Candidates with experience in the field will be given preference.
  • Students have the opportunity of pursuing a Research based program and submit a thesis at the end of the program.

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Admissions Open for Doctor of Medicine Program – Texila American University


About Texila American University

Texila American University (TAU) one of the best Caribbean Medical school is located in Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America. TAU offers Health Science and Doctor of Medicine programs with a high level of professionalism, exactness and problem solving skills, upon which the foundations of specialist training and an independent medical practice can be built, which facilitates further education and development of their knowledge throughout their life.

Programs Offered:

  •  BS MD (5.5years )
  •  BS MD US Track (5.5years)
  •  Direct MD (4years )
  •  Direct MD US Track (4 years )

 5.5 Years Medicine Program:
Eligibility: High School or “A” Level

 4 Years direct MD program:
Eligibility: Diploma/Bachelor degree in Health Science

Advantages of the program

  •  The nature of the Premedical Foundation with TAU allows the students to obtain strong foundation in the natural sciences recommended by USA/UK medical universities
  •  Opportunity for USA Clinical Rotation and greater advantages in applying to U.S. residencies
  •  Learning new methods and techniques, and studying new theories through our continuous education platform
  •  Students are counseled throughout their undergraduate careers about opportunities available to them at every stage
  •  Skilled Faculty with a passion for teaching with personal attention

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MCI mulls shortening of MBBS course duration by 1 year

The duration of the MBBS course could be shortened by one year with the Medical Council of India (MCI) thinking about introducing specialist skills for undergraduates earlier than what is the practice at present.

Official sources said that the MCI academic council is likely to meet next week to finalise the new curriculum and send it to the government for approval.

The MBBS course presently stretches for five-and-a-half years four-and-a-half years of academic studies and one year of internship.

Sources said that the curriculum is seen as devoting too much time to general medical studies and the various aspects of the human anatomy, which may not be of much use to students who opt for specialisation in later years.

The new curriculum, which they said would take away nothing while giving more freedom to students, envisages adequate skill training at the initial level while introducing students to clinical and analytical courses.

“The idea is to let students study in detail the subject of their choice and develop expertise in that topic instead of studying all subjects in detail. It will save a lot of time and sharpen their skills,” they said.

Experts believe that students should be allowed to carry on studying their subject of specialisation once they become conversant with the human anatomy.

They were also of the view that the present curriculum did not provide sufficient skills in the early years, which they said was crucial at a time of growing specialization and super -specialization.

Source: zee news

UAB Medicine introduces Web-based learning and continuing medical education for physicians

UAB Medicine, in collaboration with BroadcastMed, Inc. has launched MD Learning Channel, an online resource that enables medical professionals worldwide to tap into the knowledge and expertise of University of Alabama at Birmingham physicians.

The website at offers free Web-based learning and continuing medical education for physicians and other medical professionals. It includes video presentations from UAB physicians discussing new research findings, new procedures and changes and developments in diagnosis or treatment of disease. The site primarily focuses on cancer, neurosciences, pulmonary medicine, women and infants services and cardiovascular medicine and will expand to include additional medical specialties in the future.

“UAB physicians and scientists are at the forefront of medicine, scientific research and discovery and advancement of treatments and patient-focused care,” said Physician Marketing Manager Whitney McDonald. “This site provides an easy, convenient way for UAB to help disseminate its incredible wealth of expertise to medical professionals around the world.”

McDonald says the site’s on-demand service enables physicians and medical professionals to learn as their schedule permits.

“By making the information readily available, we hope to further the mission, vision and successes of the UAB Medicine team, while sharing techniques, procedures and evidence-based care in use here to help others care for their patients,” said McDonald. “We hope that the MD Learning Channel will serve as a platform to foster many growth and development opportunities for health-care providers.”

Source: News Medical

Many Parents Unaware About Medical Research Opportunities for Their Children

A recent poll shows that roughly 44 percent of parents polled claimed they would enroll their child into medical research involving the testing of new medications or vaccines if their child suffered from the disease being studied.

That figure jumped to over 75 percent when the research being conducted involved questions on mental health or diet and nutrition. So why is it only five percent of parents claim they have signed their children up for medical research?
It’s a no-brainer that children’s healthcare can only improve through medical research. The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, which surveyed 1,420 parents with a child or children between birth and 17 years of age, claims awareness of medical research opportunities accounts for the low percentage of participants.

Greater than 66 percent of parents polled stated they were not aware of research opportunities for their children. In fact, the poll shows parents who are aware of medical research opportunities are far more likely to have their children take part.
“Children have a better chance of living healthier lives because of vaccinations, new medications and new diagnostic tests. But we wouldn’t have those tools without medical research,” says Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, director of the National Poll on Children’s Health and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the University of Michigan Health System.
“With this poll, we wanted to understand parents’ willingness to allow their children to participate in medical research. The good news is that willingness is far higher than the current level of actual engagement in research. This means there is great opportunity for the medical research community to reach out to families and encourage them to take part in improving medical care.”

As mentioned above, the poll differentiated between types of studies and found the willingness of the parents to allow their children to participate was affected by this differentiation. Studies aimed at nutrition and mental illnesses were more positively favored by the parents. However, parents were more reticent about subjecting their children to studies which involved exposure to new medicines or vaccines.
This poll specifically targeted the level of participation by children in medical research since 2007. Over the previous 5 years, the proportion of families where the children have actually taken part in medical research has basically remained unchanged. The figure was four percent in 2007. In both last year’s results and the results reported this year, that figure was only at five percent.
“Five percent of families with children participating may not be enough to support important research efforts that the public has identified in previous polls – things like cures and treatments for childhood cancer, diabetes and assessing the safety of medications and vaccines,” says Davis, who also is professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
“But the results indicate that a much bigger percentage of the public does understand the importance of medical research to advancing healthcare for children.”
Though parents in the poll claim they would be willing to allow their children to participate in studies, researchers are too often at a loss of obtaining a significant sample size that could lead to a real difference in healthcare discoveries. If the poll is to be believed, it seems the medical research community needs to focus as much energy on marketing their studies as they do carrying them out.
“This poll shows that the research community needs to step up and find ways to better reach parents about opportunities for children to participate, answer parents’ questions about benefits and risks of participation, and potentially broaden the types of studies available,” Davis says.
Source: Red Orbit


Big Changes Ahead in Medical Education

The U.S. should be prepared for massive changes in the next few years in the way physicians are trained, experts said here Thursday.

Change will have to start with inter professional education, George Thibault, MD, president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in New York, said at an event sponsored by Health Affairs to promote its theme issue on medical education. “We know all health professionals are going to work together in formal and informal teams, yet we educate them separately and then are surprised when they don’t work together well.” Instead, professionals should be educated together so they are prepared to work together as teams, he said.

In addition, a new model of clinical education is needed, Thibault continued. “The [current] model is very fragmented and still too hospital-based to take care of a population with chronic illnesses who are largely outside the hospital. The model needs to be more longitudinal and community-based.”

Then there is the content of the curriculum. “Since [the Flexner report], biological sciences have been the basis for medical education,” he noted. “We need to add social sciences, systems management, economics, and medical professionalism.”

Thibault also suggested that medical schools move away from time-based education and toward education based on development of competencies, “so learners move through as they are ready to move through. We cannot continue to have a locked-up approach determined by everybody doing the same thing or determined by just time and place. This can lead to a more efficient system … and to professionals who are specifically prepared for the careers they’re going to take on.”

Several speakers lamented the lack of medical students willing to go into primary care. “Part of that is the culture of medical school — what’s conveyed to students plays a major role,” said Uwe Reinhardt of Princeton University in New Jersey.

“You come home and you say, ‘I’m a pediatrician,’ or you say you’re like Sanjay Gupta — a neurosurgeon. What gets you the date?” he said.

Although people often point to medical education debt as a barrier to pursuing the lesser-paid primary care specialties rather than the more well-paid specialties, Reinhardt disagreed that it’s a major problem. “Look at medical school indebtedness — on average it’s about $220,000,” he said. “I always tell physicians who bellyache, ‘you know that guy who just opened a restaurant — what do you think they pay on a mortgage?’ It’s probably close to your [loan], and somehow they make do.”

“Debt is a nuisance, but not prohibitive,” he added, noting that the Association of American Medical Colleges is trumpeting record medical school enrollment despite students’ debt problems.

For the primary care situation to change, “we need accountability,” said David Goodman, MD, of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in New Hampshire and a co-principal investigator of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. “The best way is with public guidance leading to peer review that leads to public funding,” with priorities that are set annually. “That might [include] increase in primary care [residency] funding — putting a thumb on the scale allows being a priority.”

Goodman proposed a scheme in which each year, 10% of physician training programs would need to reapply for their funding. Programs that are reapplying would be competing with other established programs as well as new residency programs. Applications would be peer-reviewed, and successful applicants would get an interim review to make sure they were on track.

Under such a system — which would mean that each program would be reviewed once per decade — meritorious training programs would be able to expand, while weaker programs would lose 10% to 15% of their funding. And because the awards would be made every year, it would give the system “the ability to change priorities with each succeeding year, over time,” he said. “Sure, we’ll make mistakes, but they’ll be smaller mistakes.”

Audience members also heard from Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.)who are co-sponsoring the “Training Tomorrow’s Doctors Today Act,” a bill that would increase the number of graduate medical education (GME) slots by 15,000 over a 5-year period. “This is an issue that’s uniting [Republicans and Democrats] on Capitol Hill,” Shock said.

Both Schock and Schwartz also expressed support for legislation that would repeal and then replace Medicare’s much-maligned sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement. Schock noted that one reason the House Energy and Commerce Committee was able to get unanimous support among its committee members for its SGR repeal proposal, which would cost an estimated $179 billion, was that “they didn’t say how they’re going to pay for it.”

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee — which is charged with coming up with ways to pay for legislation such as an SGR fix — has been briefing committee members on possible “pay-fors,” said Schock, who is a member of the committee. “So stay tuned” to see what happens, he added.

Schwartz said she hopes that GME reform may eventually be included in an SGR fix bill should one be passed. “When we do something about the SGR, there might be a moment when we could slip this [GME] legislation into our discussion,” she said.

Source: Med Page today