Overview of proposed program

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The initial residents who attend PUST School of Medicine will be trained to become either primary care physicians or general surgeons.

Primary Care Residents will be taught a core curriculum similar to that recommended by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our curriculum will include instruction in cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary medicine, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, nephrology, rheumatology, neurology, allergy-immunology, dermatology and general internal medicine.

General Surgery Residents will be taught a core curriculum similar to the curriculum recommended by the American Board of Surgery.

The North Korean government has requested help to train their students to become English proficient healthcare providers in Western medicine.

The basic principles of Engagement are as follows:

  1. To provide medical expertise to solve their problems
  2. To meet their medical educational needs
  3. To build a mutually beneficial collaborative environment
  4. To develop positive role models for healthcare professionals to enhance the healthcare delivery system in DPRK.

Proposed Medical Education and Clinical Training Program:

Establish a clinical training program for recent graduates of Pyongyang Medical School.

  1. First year will be focused on English proficiency and Introduction to Clinical Medicine.
  2. Second year will be a clerkship program in Surgery, Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Neurology /Psychiatry
  3. Third year will be an Internship where students will rotate through core curricular fields. (After 3 years, students will receive a Masters of Medicine and the certificate to practice medicine.)
  4. Fourth to Fifth years will be specialty based in Surgery, Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Neurology /Psychiatry

Establish Centers of Excellence

Cardiovascular Center, Nonsurgical/spine Center, Cancer Institute, Ophthalmology Center, Orthopedic Center, Diabetes Institute.

These centers will be a model for DRPK healthcare to emulate the highest quality in healthcare delivery available in North Korea.

Each Center of excellence will have a fellowship-training program to train top North Korean physicians to become the national experts in each field.

In Summary, the medical education and the clinical training program proposed through the PUST School of Medicine will enhance engagement with DPRK at multiple levels of healthcare delivery for DPRK.