The last 2 years as seen the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at UPNG revive its rural exposure for final year students.
During the 1970’s PNG had a rural health program for medical undergrads that was world leading, but unfortunately this was allowed to slide. However with assistance from the Australian Govt through its HECS program, the School has now invested in this important 8 week rotation. Students are being flown all over the country to rural hospitals, often partnering with MMED (Rural) grads or registrars.
Buckle up – flying to Lapalama HC
The result has been a tangible excitement amongst the 5th years for their upcoming “rural block”. Currently students are being sent to Mingende (Simbu), Kompiam (Enga), Raihu (Aitape, Sandaun), Veifa (Central), and more recently to Vunapope in ENB. We are looking to expand the number of hospitals being used, so contact the Society if your hospital may be interested in hosting 5th years.
Around the fire while on patrol – Tekem, Enga
The 9th of April 2014 was a major landmark in the journey of rural health services for PNG, when Drs Trevor Kelebi, Gabriel Yohang and Felix Diaku, became the country’s first graduates of the MMED (Rural) program.
After 7 years of arduous post graduate training (all done while holding down full time Medical Superintendent jobs at their respective rural hospitals), they successfully completed their Part 2 exams in October. With completion of their last assignments and research project, and it was all finally done.
The first MMED (Rural) graduates – 2015
For those of us cheering them along the way, the graduation of these three young men represents a new beginning – with more coming through the program and with interest steadily growing, we are very hopeful that we will see a renaissance in interest in Rural Medicine amongst the medical fraternity, as these graduates increasingly become the advocates for change.
Two new files have been added under the Continuing Medical Education section on the site.
1. Neonatal Care Minimum Standards
PNG Med J 2000 Mar-Jun;43(1-2):127-136
The effect of introduction of minimal standards of neonatal care on in-hospital mortality
TREVOR DUKE1, LENA WILLIE1 AND JOYCE M. MGONE1
Department of Paediatrics, Goroka Base Hospital, Papua New Guinea
2. The Clinical Use of Oxygen March 2012
The clinical use of oxygen in hospitals with limited resources
Guidelines for health-care workers, hospital engineers and managers
The World Health Organization
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