THIS week we look at three courses offered under the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea, Taurama Campus.
Bachelor of medicine bachelor of surgery (MBBS)
Those who want to be medical doctors must study do the bachelor of medicine bachelor of surgery degree.
It is a full time four-year course in which the first year is offered at the Waigani campus.
Each year, 50 students are admitted into second year to study medicine and surgery.
Medicine is a very popular choice and there is very high competition for places.
Nevertheless, females are encouraged to take up this field of study because of the lack of female doctors in the country.
Students who get excellent results at the first half years of the course can obtain a bachelor of medical science.
From there, they can then go on to continue to complete their MBBS.
After graduating from this course, one is required to do a two-year residency at one of the major hospitals in Papua New Guinea.
When you have completed your residency, you can be registered and posted to various hospitals, or you can become a private doctor or general practitioner (GP).
You can apply for further training after several years of field experience to specialise in specific areas of medicine.
Diploma in dental technology
Dental therapy is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases, injuries and malformations.
People who have problems with their teeth cannot eat or talk properly.
Broken or missing teeth spoil their appearance.
A dental therapist helps a person have healthy teeth and gums so they can be healthy orally.
This is a three-year full time course for students who have already completed first year at Waigani Campus.
Students must first complete successfully the foundation year at Waigani campus with an average GPA of 2.00, or better.
A student must have good hands and must be able to get well with different types of people.
Students have a good opportunity to work with private and public hospitals/clinics in the country.
After completing the course, a one year residency is required for registration as a qualified dental therapist with the Medical Board.
After being qualified, you will be responsible for mostly carrying out extractions and fillings and removing tartar.
There is a shortage of dental therapists in the country and PNG needs a lot of dentists to improve dental health in the country.
Bachelor of pharmacy
Pharmacy is concerned with manufacturing and dispensing drugs (medicine), controlling and supervising the distribution of drugs, providing some aspects of health care, promoting the intelligent use of medicine by consumers, conveying unbiased drug information and carrying out research, and discovering and developing new drugs.
After foundation year at the Waigani campus, a student scoring best results can continue further studies in pharmacy by completing a three-year course to obtain a bachelor of pharmacy (B.Pharm).
A pharmacy technician can be employed by hospital pharmacies, area medical stores or community pharmacies (retail pharmacies and industrial pharmacies or chemists’ shops) and in pharmaceutical industry, both in the manufacturer and quality control of medicinal products. They can run their own pharmacy business or teach and do research at a university.
Students who graduate as pharmacy technician or pharmacists have a good chance of being able to get a job at the public or private sectors.
Scholarships for Study Abroad
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