UPNG Credibilty Needs To ImproveNovember 14 2010 at 1:07 AM
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|Former Student - Med Fac. |
Response to Re: Doubting UPNG's Masters in O&G
Thank you for raising what appears to be a 'tip-of-the-ice-berg' problem.
Yes in the past 10 years, med fac training particularly the MBBS training program has undergone major transitions (ie. PBL - Problem Based Learning...to the uninformed it can CRUDELY be compared to the currently 'failing' OBE system).
At the onset of implimentation for this training reform (extact year - 2000) there were stiff opposition from the academic, political & general community populace...BELIEVE ME ON THIS, AS I WAS A MED FAC STUDENT (YR - 2000) AT THAT VERY TIME & PRODUCT OF THIS NEW SYSTEM. Despite grievances, there were also support from important stakeholders. Mathias Sapuri (WHO IRONICALLY IS AN O&G SPECIALIST!) was given the task to head this reform, which he smoothly tried to implement despite open opposition.
Since graduating & working in the health sector for some years now. I can say the new format did have its advantages which I am fully proud of, though disadvantages were similar to what the OBE are facing currently, most notably inadequate resources to support the reform.
The medical school of UPNG has faithful long standing academics who are concurrently clinicians in their respective fields (whether they carry out their practise in the public or private sector, this is another topic in itself).
But as the years progress, I like other like minded health professions recognise that the post-grad aspect of the health education has gradually declined, the MMed qualification in my humble & (and please note) INDIVIDUAL opinion does not have the same credibility as previously. A number of overseas senior academics of similar health & medical schools which I have on occasions had the honour to converse with imply when privately asked that some MMed research work done via UPNG should not equate to a dissertation of a higher med. degree.
The reason for post-grad demise - whether more effort was focused on the MBBS undergraduate reform system, poor post-grad program sustainabilty (trainers getting old / difficulty to attract new ones to positions), other matters (eg:PMC) masking the priority issues at hand.
Whatever/wherever/whoever the problem lies with, the post-grad work via UPNG undoubtedly requires improvement from all key stakeholders
Former Student - Med Fac.