PNG Medical Students complete studies overseas

 Papua New Guinea Medical students have completed studies in Sri Lanka and have returned home (PNG).

The Port Moresby General Hospital released the following statement while welcoming the students. 

In developing its human resource to prepare for the Port Moresby General Hospital Cancer Centre, a group of students were sponsored by PMGH to undertake high level training in Medical Physics and Radiation Therapy Technician (RTT). 

To date, one medical physicist and three RTTs have completed their training and returned to the country. They represented Papua New Guinea very well. One other medical physicist is still undergoing training to attain a Masters in Medical Physics at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and is expected to complete his studies by the end of the year. PMGH with the support from the National Department of Health (NDOH) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also sponsored a doctor to study Radiation Therapy in Turkey.

In addition to supporting the development of its human resource, the hospital is also developing programs to train its staff.

A curriculum in Clinical Oncology has been endorsed by the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) senate to commence training in 2024. Furthermore, Medical Physics, Pediatric Oncology and Nursing Oncology Curriculum are in progress.

The Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paki Molumi congratulated the students for completing their studies and for being good ambassadors of Papua New Guinea during their time abroad.

He expressed the importance of training the right human resource is a key element to service delivery. 

PMGH in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Health Science and UPNG is developing internationally accredited curriculum in specialized clinical areas so that the right human resource is trained for the country.

Dr. Molumi stated that building one cancer facility to modern standards and training adequate manpower and replicating the same throughout the country depending on the needs is the way to go.


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