PNG’s first rural specialists!!

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
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.

New Files added under Continuing Medical Education.

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
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
Editor: Trevor Duke
March 2012