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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130

Quality of Medical Education in Nepal


Department of Pharmacology, Nobel Medical College, Biratnagar, Nepal

Date of Submission29-Mar-2010
Date of Decision14-May-2012
Date of Acceptance15-May-2012
Date of Web Publication14-Nov-2012

Correspondence Address:
M Ansari
Department of Pharmacology, Nobel Medical College, Biratnagar
Nepal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.103462


How to cite this article:
Ansari M. Quality of Medical Education in Nepal. Educ Health 2012;25:130

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Ansari M. Quality of Medical Education in Nepal. Educ Health [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 Oct 20];25:130. Available from: https://www.educationforhealth.net/text.asp?2012/25/2/130/103462

Dear Editor,

Nepal is a small landlocked developing country located between two huge countries of the world, India and China. For a decade, Nepal has become a preferred place for investment in the field of medical institutions and education. Health services have reached the door steps of the general public due to fast growing medical colleges and expansion of their services at the community level, even in spite of various ups and downs in the country during insurgency. [1],[2] Yet, government health services remain feeble, particularly in rural areas of Nepal. In such circumstances, healthcare services offered by teaching hospitals are highly admirable. However, the quality of medical education and the healthcare services in Nepal still require upgrades.

Medical education is one of the most difficult and complex fields in the educational arena, but is being made so easy and simple. The medical profession is considered as one of the most prestigious and respectful, probably due to the fact that it is directly linked with human lives and patients often have no choice in this regard. In Nepal, the 'chaotic mushrooming' of medical institutions and deficit in quality inspection or monitoring by the requisite authorities have resulted in a decline in the quality of Nepalese medical education. [3] Currently, 18 medical colleges under the affiliation of Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University and recognized by the Nepal Medical Council are functional. [4] Furthermore, about one-half dozen medical colleges are in the pipeline to be introduced in the near future. It may be good to have an abundance in medical colleges in Nepal, but the most vital components such as availability of basic facilities on the premises, quality of the students at the time of enrolment, the quality of teaching-learning and mainly the examination systems are questionable. If we really want our medical institutions and medical graduates to be recognized globally, we need to look closely at these types of critical issues.

 
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4.Nepal Medical Council. Recognized Institutions : M0 edical Colleges. Kathmandu, Nepal. Available from : 0 http://www.nmc.org.np/recognized-institution/medical-college.html. [Last accessed 2012 Feb 11].  Back to cited text no. 4
    



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