The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in association with Hansa Medcell is offering post graduate distance programmes in cardiology, diabetology and rheumatology. The curriculum is said to be best suited for medical practitioners wanting to acquire specialist skills and orthopedics wanting to understand rheumatology better.
The course holds special significance for Indian doctors given the increasing incidence of cardiovascular diseases; diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are rising in almost all age-groups. The US-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has developed these programs in collaboration with Medical Education and Scientific Foundation, New York.
Johns Hopkins remains an established name in the field of teaching and research and they have honed the technique to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine. The course will also equip doctors to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease in health care delivery and in the basic sciences.
Any one holding post graduate degree in medicine or a Bachelor’s degree in medicine with a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the specialty can opt for the course. The international fee for the program is US$1800 but for south Asian doctors the program is being made available Rs 60,000. Educational grants, too, are available on a limited basis. (The Times of India)