John Hopkins extends medical curriculum to Indian students

John Hopkins University to offer cardiology, diabetology and rheumatology courses through distance education for the first time in India. Prachi Rege reports.

If you are a general practitioner, consultant physician or an orthopedic doctor who wants to acquire specialist medical skills but can't due to your busy practice, then here is a course which gives you the flexibility to get a certificate in the specialisation of your choice.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has collaborated with HANSA MedCell, a Mumbai-based independent medical content and Continuing Medical Education (CME) company, to offer international post graduate programmes focused on—cardiology, diabetology and rheumatology. These will be conducted through the distance education mode.

"Since, there are few post graduate seats in India to fulfill the demand for many postgraduate specialisation, we decided to partner with John Hopkins University School of Medicine so that young doctors can update their knowledge in the specialty of their choice," says R Vishwa Mohan, COO, HANSA MedCell. "This is the opportunity for clinicians, to update their skills and improve their professional practice," he advises.
A fairly significant part of daily clinical practice of the clinician goes towards managing lifestyle diseases like cardiac arrests, diabetes and rheumatic diseases. "Johns Hopkins is well known in these three fields of medicine," informs Mohan. HANSA MedCell is also working on collabirations with other universities, societies and institutes to offer programmes in other specialties like gynecology, gastroenterology, trichology, etc. As the programmes will be conducted through a distance learning mode, practicing doctors can update their knowledge and skills without compromising their practice.

John Hopkins University School of Medicine has developed these programmes in collaboration with Medical Education and Scientific Foundation, New York. Each of these has a course director, who interacts with the students at regular intervals. The curriculum is a combination of text modules and video lectures covering all the aspects of the specialty, to ensure the reader get the best knowledge and skills. Students will get six text modules and six video lecture CDs as study material. An online assessment will be conducted at the end of the year. On successful completion of the exam, the participant will be certified by the John Hopkins.

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