Emory Tibet Medical Sciences (ETMS) Program and Astro. Physics course held at Men-Tsee-Khang College, 15-27th June 2015

Emory Tibet Medical Sciences (ETMS) Program and a parallel Astro. Physics course were held at Men-Tsee-Khang College scheduled from 15-27 June 2015. The program was preceded by a very warm opening ceremony in presence of the Honourable Director of Men-Tsee-Khang, Mr. Tashi Tsering Phuri esteemed guests professors from Emory: Dr. John William (Bill) Eley (Executive Associate Dean, Medical Education and Student Affairs, and Professor, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine); Dr. Edward (Ted) Pettus (Professor of Anatomy at the Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine), and Mr. Sukjit Singh Sidhu (former Squadron leader and experienced physics and mathematics teacher at various schools around Dharamshala including Upper TCV School and the guest resource person during the parallel Astro. Physics course for Astro. science students); Men-Tsee-Khang College Principal, Vice Principal and faculty members; professional science translators from Library of Tibetan Works and Archives; heads of all cultural departments and college students of Men-Tsee-Khang.

The Emory Tibet Medical Sciences Program is a three year collaborative program of the Emory University School of Medicine and Men-Tsee-Khang College to impart bio-medical science education to the students of Men-Tsee-Khang, complementing their mainstream traditional medical education. The program is jointly funded by Dr. Raymond Schinatzi, Emory University School of Medicine, Emory Tibet Partnership and Men-Tsee-Khang. The very first of the Emory Tibet Medical Science Program began in summer 2013.

It was indeed a great honour and pride to have with us the Dean of Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Bill Eley as one of the faculty; the return of Dr. Ted Pettus for the third consecutive year and Dr. Johnathan Nathan for the second year, and Dr. Mehul Tejani for the first time. 

Dr. Bill and Dr. Ted presided over the first session covering cardiovascular and GI-Metabolic system. It was truly very enriching and interactive learning experience throughout the session as the teachings of Dr. Bill Eley and Dr. Ted Pettus have further deepened the knowledge as well as helped in giving precise explanations to many of the seemingly abstract yet logical concepts of traditional Tibetan medicine. During the second session, Dr. Nathan and Dr. Mehul taught the principles of prevention and treatment of chronic and infectious diseases. They diligently trained the participants to strengthen their skills in making differential diagnosis by involving everyone in group exercises based on various case presentations. On the whole, all three-year program resulted in a highly effective learning experience which definitely deepened the participants’ horizons of knowledge as well as equipped them with skills implementing their capacity in future medical practice.

Along with this year's ETMS program, a course on astro. physics for the astro-science students was also organized. As requested, Mr. Sukjit Singh Sidhu agreed to teach the students for a two weeks program.  The topics covered were Units of Measurement, Kinematics, Ray Optics, Oscillation and Waves, Universe, Earth Science, and Communication System. Most wonderfully, the topics covered where attempted at drawing parallel understanding of the subject from Tibetan tradition.

Each session ended with an exam and closing ceremony. During the closing program, the medical and astro-science students who scored the highest three marks were applauded with prizes, and the Director, Mr. Tsering Tashi Phuri presented mementos to the ETMS faculty and Mr. Sukjit Singh Sidhu.