By the year, 2015 there are less than ten thoracic surgeons for 51 million populations in
Myanmar. In addition, there are only two full-fledged thoracic surgical centres or
departments for curative and medical education purpose. Traditionally, thoracic surgical
trainees are recruited from general surgeons who are interested in thoracic surgery for
doctorate degree. This is a three-year structured training course including clinical
knowledge, skill and practice; and a research thesis as well. The number of candidate
joining this program is less and less each year because their age is relatively older to
start a new surgical field, which requires high technical skill. Thoracic surgery is now
recognized as an independent surgical subspecialty with its unique anaesthetic
considerations and technologic breakthroughs. Nowadays it is virtually impossible for
any single individual to master all surgical fields. Therefore, new generation thoracic
surgeons should be trained as early as possible. This programme is intended to
produce a master level thoracic surgeons in their early life, devoting their professional
efforts to the breadth of pathology encompassed within this field. Inevitably, they will
raise their professional knowledge, skill and practice to doctorate level subsequently.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
1. To provide a post-graduate training of a master level in Thoracic Surgery.
2. To provide qualified clinicians in accordance with National Health Policy and
National Health Plan.
3 .To upgrade the level of clinical competency to keep abreast with international
Philosophy: The training should be competency based and delivered through structurally
organized training programme (not just rotational training).The programme should be
effective, efficient, flexible and internationalized. Training should be in-service training
under the supervision of competent trainers. It should reflect the promotive, preventive,
curative and rehabilitative aspects on the related health problems of Myanmar patients to
the speciality. This programme is based on applied basic sciences and advanced
knowledge and skills in clinical sciences.