NEW SCHOOL:  AMA SCH OF MEDS AND NURSING PARTNERS W/ HARVARD U

MANILA,
May 4, 2004 (STAR) The AMA School of Medicine and Nursing (ASMN), an institution affiliated with the Harvard Medical International (HMI), will soon open its doors to medical and nursing students, with the best and the latest offerings in healthcare, medical and nursing education in the country based on Harvardís standards.

The new medical school is a product of the tie-up of two reputable institutions. The AMA Education Systems Holdings Inc. (AMA), the pioneer and the largest IT-based education provider in Asia, and Harvard Medical International (HMI), the leading medical education provider in the world, have entered into an exclusive partnership that would raise the standards of ICT-based medical and nursing educational programs in the Philippines.

Located in a new and modern, 11-story building along the South Superhighway in Makati City, its facilities and equipment were designed and acquired based on strict specifications of Harvard Medical International to ensure that students will gain world-class quality training based on HMIís method of teaching.

In addition, a strict teacher-to-student ratio will be observed to guarantee that students get ample attention from their instructors and that they are given sufficient time to use the ASMN facilities and equipment.

To ensure that the ASMN meets HMIís high educational standards, it has embarked on a continuous and rigid faculty training program. This involved faculty exchanges between the two institutions that started last year and which will be implemented on a continuing basis.

"We wanted to leverage on the strong expertise on information technology because advances in healthcare comes at speed. With this developing partnership with AMA, we can take advantage of their IT expertise and set a higher standard in medical and nursing education in the Philippines," said Dr. Robert Crone, HMI president and chief executive officer.

The medical curriculum is designed in such a way that the first three years will be spent within a classroom setting, while hands-on training in a clinical and contemporary setting will be given during the fourth year.

To allow its students access to more opportunities, the ASMN also takes pride in its affiliations with many of the countryís hospitals.

The AMA-HMI partnership will also provide students a chance to continue their education in the United States, consequently earning for themselves better chances of gaining employment.

"The AMA-HMI partnership will usher in a new trend in medicine and nursing education in the Philippines, and we are very honored to be part of this partnership. While the curriculum and programs will be based on HMIís standards, it will also be open and flexible culturally so students will easily adjust to the program," said Ambassador Amable Aguiluz V, AMA Education Systemís chairman emeritus.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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