Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University will begin offering joint medical degrees in 2017. In the September 1, 2010 partnership, Imperial will bring its renowned medical teaching and expertise to Singapore while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will play a vital role in boosting Singapore’s supply of world class doctors. The School will enroll its first students in 2013 and eventually have 750 undergraduate students enrolled.
On November 2, 2010, Johns Hopkins Medicine signed an agreement with Academic Medical Centre Sdn Bhd to develop a medical school in Malaysia. It will be the first private, four year medical school in Malaysia, and the first to use the western teaching model. Hopkins will be advising and partnering with Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine and the Perdana University Hospital in the joint venture.
Physician and hospital innovation plays a critical role in reducing procedures’ impact on the body thereby reducing recovery time. As physicians substitute minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for “traditional” surgeries, they also increase the medical tourism option for patients.
Innovation with medical technologies and procedures plays a critical role in expanding treatment options, which can include medical tourism. For example, The International Orthopedic Group in Doral, Florida, USA uses minimally invasive surgery and regional block anesthesia to reduce the post-operative recovery time. In the former, minimal incisions are made, which reduces tissue damage. This makes the procedure more applicable to medical tourism patients. Similarly, regional block anesthesia makes the procedure easier on the patient and less of an ordeal. For the clinic, this dramatically increases the market it can address.