Health Ministry considers adding research procedures, medical ethics to curriculum

The Ministry of Health is considering the inclusion of research procedures and medical ethics in medical curriculum and is planning projects to serve physicians and other medical professionals.

The ministry plans to increase its budget to fund research at medical universities since current levels are not sufficient.

Since the 2012-2013 academic year, the matriculation score for entry to medical universities had been being high, and the number of medical students countrywide has been reduced in order to favour quality over quantity.

Also, post graduate diploma courses in medicine will admit not only the civil servants but also private sector physicians who have practiced since 2015. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the University of Medicine-1 has opened diplomas in obstetrics and gynaecology, child health education, pathology, anaesthetics, radiology and first aid.

According to data released by the Health Ministry, a total of 12,866 physicians, 674 dentists, 407 dental nurses and 30,793 medical nurses have already appointed in the public sector as of 2015.