Tech city turning into medical learning centre
(The Times of India Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)BANGALORE: Bangalore is fast turning into a medical learning centre, what with students from countries like South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, China and Malaysia making a beeline for hospitals here.
With the city boasting of several hospitals which have state-of-the-art facilities that meet international standards, the demand has been such that students are willing to book seats, training and internship, well in advance.
In April, Narayana Hrudayalaya and University of Minnesota signed an MoU by which cardiologists pursuing a super speciality in cardio-vascular diseases and surgeries from the university will train at Narayana Hrudyalaya for an year as part of their curriculum.
The programme, due to start from the next academic year, will have two students from Minnesota University in the campus of Narayana Hrudayalaya.
The hospital -- which conducts around 25 heart operations everyday, the second highest after the heart hospital in Brazil -- provides students plenty of exposure.
The MoU was a longawaited wish of the University of Minnesota. Managing Director of Narayana Hrudayalaya, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty said, "The large population of India means an increasing number of patients.
The scope for learning is high and professionals get unlimited opportunity, which they might not get in their own countries. Since Bangalore has hospitals with the best of facilities, patients also gravitate towards this city."
Manipal Hospital's director of administration and medical education Dr Nagendra Swamy gets around 30 enquiries every week for internship from medical students in UK, Australia and Malaysia.
He says while the demand for fellowship programmes in neurosurgery, nephrology and urology for medical students from African countries has always been there, of late there has been an increasing demand for experience in non-clinical subjects like paramedical and supportive services, ICU and laboratory training.
The courses cost them a bare minimum compared to what it would in their countries. "While internships for students are free of cost, doctors who train for super-specialisation have to pay 1/100th of what they would have to in their respective countries," said Swamy.
Wockhardt Hospital and Heart Institute is another institute which attracts not only students but also practising doctors.
"The doctors get to see a range of heart operations -- beating heart by pass surgery, awake heart surgery, minimally invasive heart surgery, done frequently in Bangalore -- and attracts around three doctors every month to my hospital," said Wockhardt Hospital and Heart Institute's chief of cardio-vascular and thoracic surgeon Dr Vivek Jawali.
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