Types of Seat/Category:
There are basically four categories of seats available for the PAHS MBBS Program:
As per the provision in the PAHS Act, at least 10% of the total seats of have been reserved for the applicants under the category of Female, Dalit, Adibasi/Janjati, Madhesi and Permanent Resident of Backward Region and Karnali. Out of which number of seats available is divided equally among one seat each category.
Also a seat has been reserved for a child of Faculty and Staff of PAHS including Hospital who stands best in the internal competition.
However, the applicants are subjected to score minimum score designated by PAHS in the Entrance Exam, failing in which the vacant number will be automatically fulfilled by the best candidate from the other categories.
Among the reserved quota, the selection will be done in merit basis
Mandatory Service Obligation:
*Backward Region is defined as the following districts as defined by Sambhidhan Sabha Sadasya Nirwachan Ain 2064 and Sambhidhan Sabha Sadasya Nirwachan Niyamawali, 2064, Dapha 7, Upadapha 3, anusuchi 1 under which the following districts lies:
*Remote Region as defined by Government Policy Document (Nepal Rajpatra, Bhag 4, Khanda 42, Sankhya 50, 2049/12/16)
Time of Admission
Patan Academy of Health Science issue admission notices from Major National Daily, eg. Kantipur on Falgun last (Mid-March). Application form has to be submitted within one month time period e.g. By the end of Chaitra.
Applications forms are generally available from the following centre
forms should be submitted at the respective center where applicant opt to sit for the entrance exam with copies of all the required documents attested by ‘Notary Public’ and Bank voucher drawn upon the Laxmi Bank Branches (Account number ’00181040000455′). Students have to be present in person along with the original documents at the time of form submission.
The applicant must be a Nepalese Citizen.
The applicant must have completed 17 years of age and not exceeded forty (40) years on the last day of submission of application.
Must have passed 10 + 2 or equivalent qualifications recognized by Universities/ Board of Nepal with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) and having passed in each subject securing a minimum of 50% in PCB and also in aggregate
Must have completed Proficiency Certificate Level (PCL) in Health Sciences (General Medicine, Medical Lab Technology, Dental Hygiene, Ophthalmic Science and Pharmacy) securing a minimum of 50% in PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and also in aggregate with Nepal Health Professional Council, Level 2 (“ Kha”) registration (in the case of applicants who have done PCL in Pharmacy , registration should be with the Nepal Pharmacy Council).
* Additional Criteria for Candidates from Health Science Background Applicable from This Year (2017) -
Candidates from health science background must have passed “Bridge Course” from Higher Secondary Education Board/National Examination Board securing a minimum of 50% in PCB.
Overview of PAHS MBBS Curriculum
The total duration of PAHS MBBS curriculum is six years. Different components of the curriculum along the six years are as follow:
Introductory course: 6 months
Basic Science course: 2 years
Internship: 6 Months
The six-month long Introductory Course is the foundation block for integration of medically relevant natural sciences, basic principles of community health sciences as well as learning important skills of communication. This course also includes learning concepts of ethics, professionalism and the basics of history taking and physical examination skills, as a parallel course of Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) which also runs through the Basic Science Course.
During the two years long Basic Science Course, students are introduced to fundamental concepts about the structure and function of the human body in health and disease as well as the principles of using medicine to treat disease according to organ-systems of the body rather than disciplinary approach. This will help them develop an integrated and meaningful understanding of the basic sciences mechanism as applied in analyzing and resolving real patient problems using Problem Based Learning method.
During Clinical years students will rotate through different clinical specialties in the Hospital learning how to evaluate and take care of patients in evidence based scientific approach guided by compassion and empathy. This will be followed by six months of rural rotation where the students will learn to manage patients in resource poor setting. Students then return for six months of advanced clerkship in the hospital.
Community Health Sciences (CHS) forms a core part of the curriculum and occupies 25% of the curricular time. PAHS believes that in order to make a significant impact on the health of Nepali people, medical graduates need to have a firm grasp of concepts of preventive health and social determinants of health as well as having skills in health management, biostatistics, epidemiology and research. The course will help the students learn about the health care system in Nepal, their roles in the system and will provide the opportunity to think about how one might improve that system.
Primary Care is internationally recognized to be a key area that must be implemented to make a nation‟s health care system effective and efficient. PAHS is including a longitudinal primary care course during the Clinical Sciences years, and the six-month long Rural Rotation in district level hospitals during the final year that are supervised by a primary care physician like MDGP.
The rural rotation will allow students to integrate all the knowledge and skills acquired in tertiary level hospital and community postings and to apply them to the rural context.
Thus, in summary, the PAHS MBBS curriculum uses a variety of innovative strategies in order to help the student become the kind of doctors who are able and willing to address the real health care needs of Nepal. Depending upon whether the students have received partial or full scholarship, the PAHS graduates will be required to serve in rural areas for at least two and four years respectively.