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Coordinates: 16°55′58″N 96°07′30″E 16.932881, 96.1249638


Defence Services Medical Academy

  • Address: Pyay Road, Mingaladon Township, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Phone: 95 31 35062
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The Defence Services Medical Academy (DSMA) [Former name - Defence Services Institute of Medicine (DSIM)], located in Mingaladon, Yangon, is the University of Medicine of the Myanmar Armed Forces. One of the most selective universities in the country, the academy offers M.B.,B.S. (equivalent of the M.D.) degree programs. Upon graduation, most DSMA cadets are commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant in Myanmar Army Medical Corps.[1]

Before the opening of the DSIM in November 1993, Medical and Dental officers were recruitd through a month-long basic military training programme at the Medical Corps Centre. The medical corps of the Tatmadaw has always been short of doctors. The Tatmadaw has been implementing a national service scheme for medical school leavers since the early 1950s. Recruitment became more difficult in the 1990s and this situation resulted in the opening of the DSIM under the Ministry of Health and The Ministry of Defence. The DSIM, now renamed Defence Services Medical Academy (DSMA), has become the most important and only source of medical officers for the DMS. So far, a total of 1525 medical officers were commissioned through nine intakes (Dec 2007). The DSMA offers courses for both basic and advanced degrees in medicine and surgery. The first batch of forty-seven cadets from the DSIM was commissioned as lieutenants on 17 December 1999, after six years of study and a year as house-surgeons. The DSMA also runs twenty graduate programmes in medical sciences. So far, the DSMA has produced seven Doctor of Medical Science Degree holders. In terms of Master of Medical Science, by early 2008, the DSMA has produced 335 specialists, of which 48 are physicians and 41 are surgeons. At present, another 242 medical officers are taking Master's courses in eighteen different specializations.[1]

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