In partnership with Myanmar medical institutions and with
funding support from the Kimberley Foundation through the Peter F
Williams AO International Surgery Grant, the College is responding to needs
identified by the Myanmar Ministry of Health for medical
The College is working with emergency physicians and the Myanmar
Ministry of Health to deliver a sustainable specialist training
program in emergency medicine, in Myanmar. The program provides the
necessary training to equip local specialists with the practical
skills and knowledge to successfully lead the development of an
effective emergency care system throughout the country.
Following the successful training of the first cohort of Myanmar
doctors in Emergency Medicine in 2012-2013 under the
College-supported Emergency Medicine Development Program, eight
national specialists successfully completed the final exam of the
2nd Post-Graduate Course in the Diploma of Emergency Medicine in
Yangon, Myanmar in August 2015. This will expand the pool of
national doctors trained in emergency medical care and result in
improved access to quality healthcare for the Myanmar community.
Congratulations are extended to all the successful candidates who
have undergone this intensive period of training in the growing
specialty of Emergency Medicine in Myanmar.
The Program is delivered by the Unversity of Medicine (1) in
Yangon with volunteer emergency physicians and medical specialists
providing instruction and mentorship.
Read about the first Emergency Medicine
Induction Program (PDF 282 KB) delivered in June 2012 in
Primary Trauma Care
The College has been supporting Primary Trauma Care (PTC)
training in Myanmar since 2009. With funding support from the
Kimberley Foundation, the Program trains health care workers and
trainers involved in the early management of severe trauma victims
to deliver effective trauma care.
Instructors come from Hong Kong, Timor Leste and Australia,
broadening professional and personal relationships within the
region, while supporting the development of Myanmar medical staff
training and capacity.
Since 2009, the Program has trained over 1500 local
doctors. Over 200 doctors have been trained as instructors to
teach the course and 22 have received higher level leadership
training to supervise the instructor courses locally under the
mentorship of international facilitators. The courses are now
taught almost entirely independently by national instructors.
Surgical Skills Training
The College is working with the Myanmar Surgical and Orthopaedic
Societies to deliver surgical and non-technical skills training, to
develop local capacity in key areas of patient care including
critical care, infection control and quality assurance.
The College has been a key contributor to the development of
cardiac surgery in Myanmar through its Rowan Nicks Scholarship
program. The College has supported three cardiac surgeons to
undertake surgical attachments in Australia. These specialists led
the establishment of the first
Open Heart unit in Myanmar, at Yangon Children's Hospital. A
fourth Myanmar surgeon, Dr Myitzu Win, undertook a Rowan Nicks
Scholarship in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Melbourne in
The Myanmar Scholarship was established in 2015 by the RACS'
Foundation for Surgery, in collaboration with the Univeristy of
Medicine 1, Yangon. Scholarship recipients undertake short-term
attachments in hospitals in Australia and/or New Zealand, with the
aim to develop leadership skills, systems training, clinical
research, hospital management and administration, and technical
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Program Director - Dr James Han Boon Kong FRACS
Senior Program Officer - Ms Shelley Thompson
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1211
External Affairs Director - Ms Daliah Moss
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1276