With the help of partners in the US and India, we have designed appropriate curricula for doctors, nurses, nurse assistants, and others, specifically suited to the needs of Cambodia. Our education emphasis is in clinical primary care.
Primary Care Residency Program
Each year we accept applications for Cambodian doctors who have completed medical school. 2-3 new resident doctors are chosen each year and the study with us for 3 to 4 years. Our goal is to send some of these doctors out into the provinces to work with local churches in bringing the gospel message to the people in there areas. And we hope for some to stay at the main hub and continue to train others.
Post Graduate Nurse Training Program
New nurses at MMC are enrolled in a one year comprehensive nurse training program.
Training and Primary Care
At the 1978 Alma Alta Conference, the World Health Organization proposed the Primary Health Care Model, emphasizing community-driven, comprehensive health care as the most cost effective means of improving world health. Nevertheless, most healthcare systems in “developed” countries emphasize specialty care, which is inherently inefficient and expensive for the needs of the majority of the people.
The basic health needs of populations are best served by well-trained generalists providing excellent primary health care. In Cambodia, however, the vast majority of physicians and other healthcare workers have not had the opportunity to be well trained, in part due to the Khmer Rouge’s genocide of the educated class just 30 years ago. We are passionate about training healthcare workers, with an emphasis on primary care, at Mercy Medical Center.