Re: UPNG Credibilty Needs To ImproveNovember 30 2010 at 8:38 PM
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Response to UPNG Credibilty Needs To Improve
To former student who has expressed your personal opinion of MMed training.
I am a staff of the SM&HS. Most of these problems with the MMED are not new. There has been inadequate manpower and resources most of which are beyond the control of the school and the administration (eg, number of training positions available, equal remuneration for clinicians, inadequate funding for research and most notably a division of public health on the verge of collapse)and it is only recently that a concerted effort is being made to address this issue.
Whilst clinicial training is still very robust research training has been patchy depending on which specialty e.g. O&G and Paeds maintain very good research training with a good publishing record but the other specialties are variable.
From next year a new postgraduate and research centre will be established which will coordinate training in research methodology, data analysis and report writing etc so that all postgraduate trainees will undergo uniform training (the fate of those outside POM will need to be sorted out).
Also a new state of the art TB research laborotary is planned as a joint effort between IMR, UPNG SM&HS and LNG stake holders (funded by tax credits) which may not only carry out TB research but form the basis of research activities for postgraduate students.
You are also aware that in other areas a rural MMED training program has commenced with unprecedented cooperation between the different churches in PNG and the school with a lot of support from counterpart colleges in Australia.
The undergraduate program will expand to clinical schools in Goroka from 2012 and Honiara in future and will also link rural block attachments in church run hospitals in places like Kompiam etc where rural MMED registrars are based and where University of adelaide and FLlinders University are sending their medical students. Flinders students who go to Kompiam will do their whole 3 rd year (our 4th year equivalent) in Kompiam. Internet and videoconferencing facilites will be upgrades for that so we would like to piggyback on that program too.
In many ways all this is made possible by an AUsAId project that is now being completely managed by the school and UPNG.
You will note that clinical allowances for UPNG academics has been equalised to NDA awards ( after concerted effort by Prof Kevau and team) and a staff housing project funded by national government (see National for today 30th November) for a 28 3 bedroom complex.
This has seen new younger specialists being recruited to the school and we can only improve from now on.
I mention all this so that you can know that actual progress is being made.
The undergraduate program is now no longer in doubt as a robust program.
Any doubts about the quality of our training should really be against other institutions of similar countries such as Fiji (ask the solomon islanders how our graduates compare with the Fiji graduates in SI where they can see graduates from both schools both under and post graduates working side by side)
SM&HS clinical academic
- MMed O&G - MMed O&G on Jul 13, 2011, 8:08 PM