Education Ministry To Reduce Admissions To Medicine, Dentistry Degree Programmes

(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN – The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is gradually reducing the number of admissions to medicine and dentistry programmes in the coming years, Muhannad Al Khatib, director of the Unified Admission Coordination Unit and the official spokesperson for the ministry, told The Jordan Times on Sunday.

“This decision is based on the directives of the Higher Education Council, which aims to ensure that the absorptive capacity of each specialty is not exceeded,” Khatib added.

The number of admissions to medical specialties will be controlled, and the Higher Education Accreditation Commission will not permit the decided-upon numbers to be exceeded, Khatib said.

“Currently, there are approximately 22,000 medical students and 5,000 dental students studying in universities across the Kingdom,” he added.

The gradual reduction of admissions will help maintain high standards in medical and dental education, ensuring that each student receives the necessary attention and resources they need to succeed, Khatib said.

This decision has elicited mixed reactions from professors and students on social media. While some professors have welcomed the move, stating that it will help improve the quality of education and training provided to medical and dental students, some students are concerned about the potential impact on their future careers.

“While the decision to reduce admissions to medical and dental degree programmes in Jordan has the potential to improve the quality of education and training provided to students, it is important to carefully consider the potential negative impacts on students and the healthcare system,” Abdel Rahman Shaher, former health director at the Ministry of Health, told The Jordan Times.

It is essential for the government and universities to work together to address any potential challenges and ensure that the country has enough skilled medical and dental professionals to meet the needs

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I’m studying medicine after I suffered a botched surgery

Iatrogenic. The word rang out across the lecture theatre and I quickly wrote it down. I was a few weeks into my medical degree. I was amazed I’d never heard that word before, as it describes a condition or disease that has resulted from medical treatment and/or the actions of healthcare professionals. It was this very phenomenon that prompted me to apply to medical school in the first place.

In 2017, I underwent a spinal operation for a herniated disc. During the procedure, the surgeon accidentally operated on the wrong part of my back. After some months of excruciating pain and panicked insecurity, the problem was uncovered. But it didn’t end there.

Corrective surgery, post-surgical complications, more pain and stress saw me finally give up on my plan to move back to my beloved Berlin, where I had spent the preceding years enjoying a life of underemployed debauchery.

Instead, I moved in with my father in Alice Springs to recover.

I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that medicine had upset my health again, just in a different way than I was used to

I spent the next few years getting back on my feet, reflecting and reinventing myself. I started studying again, then applied for medical school. Ultimately, there were many reasons for my career pivot. Chief among them was a hope that, in helping others heal, I might be able to make up for what had happened to me in some way.

As luck would have it, I began classes and the world promptly ended.

It was 2020 and, as COVID swept across the globe, we junior medical students were sent home to study. That was when I truly discovered the perils of a sedentary lifestyle for people whose spinal columns have been remodelled to resemble a precarious,

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