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Madras Medical College plans to tie up with US University

Chennai, Oct 23 (): The Madras Medical College (MMC) is exploring the possibility of a tie-up with Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, U.S. to facilitate faculty and student exchange and improve research programmes, learning experience and international exposure.

As an Initiative to this proposal, U.S. Consul General Andrew T. Simkin and Health officer at the U.S. Consulate, Mrs. Deborah Edwards visited MMC and the Government General Hospital recently. The visitors were taken a tour within college, including the heritage building and the hospital building. This visit was organized and arranged by MMC’s Alumni Association and Friends of USA.

The Consulate members held a meeting with the heads of various departments in the Government General Hospital, which was attached to the Madras Medical College. Higher officials of the college Principal Secretary, Health, V.K. Subburaj, Dean J. Mohanasundaram were present for the meeting.

This move is expected to benefit both the Madras Medical College and the American University, says a Health official from both nationalities. While the Government General Hospital here will provide the clinical material and syllabus for their students, the foreign university would provide hi – tech technology input to help improve treatment modalities and ultimately research, says Dr. Mohanasundaram.

“The tie – up between two Governments owned hospitals in both countries is the first of its kind, there had been no such tie – ups happened before” said Mr. M.K.Ranganathan, President of Friends of USA.

“Initiated by G. Viswanathan, founder-Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology, the meeting was arranged in Chennai “to formalize a MoU during the visit of US President Barack Obama,” he added.

This MoU will also focus even on analyzing the data and information. This tie – up would provide Indian doctors a platform to prove their expertise in treating challenging cases, which would be projected through international medical journals.