In a major boost to medical education and healthcare in the state, Medical Council of India (MCI) has increased the intake capacity of M Ch Urology course at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) fourfold.
An order was issued by MCI providing that the intake capacity for MCh Urology/ Genito-urinary surgery at SKIMS is increased from existing one to four. The increase will be effected from this academic year (2019-20) itself.
While hailing the department of urology for the achievement, director SKIMS, Prof Omar Javed Shah described the seat increase as a “major boost” for the Institute.
“It is because of the dedicated team of department of urology, whose work is being appreciated across the country and abroad that the Council has increased the seat intake four-fold,” he said.
Prof Shah said that SKIMS had the only urology department providing MCh degree in the state and the increase in seats will help in improving the patient-care at the Institute and contribute trained and skilled urologists to facilities across the country.
“In just a few years since its inception, the department has proven exceptional and one of the best in country and administration would extend all support to the team,” he said.
The department of urology was started at SKIMS in 2014. The same year MCh course was started with just one seat. In the past four years, SKIMS administration said, the department produced two batches already recognized by the MCI. The department has started kidney transplants apart from providing tertiary-care urology services for the entire State.
Head department of Urology SKIMS, Prof SaleemWani expressed delight at the MCI decision. He said that the increase in intake capacity would help in improving treatment facilities for urology and related ailments across India.
“In next 10 years, we will be producing 40 urologists who will provide specialized care, a much needed facility world-over,” he said.
He credited his team, including paramedics for the feat and said that it was the quality of research, care and outcomes that had satisfied the MCI to the extent that it gave a four-fold increase in seats to the Institute.
“It is primarily the human resource that determines the future of such courses,” he said while hoping that that SKIMS would continue to progress as Institute of Excellence.