FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2019
Yangon, Myanmar – The U.S. Embassy congratulates the first-ever graduates from the new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program at University of Medicine-1 this week. Ten students completed a seven and a half month course developed by American Fulbright Scholar George Stewart. Dr. Stewart is one of seven Fulbright Scholars in Myanmar working with universities and institutions this year.
Earlier this year, American Fulbright Scholar George Stewart developed and led the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry course – the first of its kind in Myanmar – at the University of Medicine 1. The goals of the Fulbright program, dating back to 1945, are to foster mutual understanding between our two societies, to share knowledge, and to improve lives.
At the graduation ceremony held on Monday, October 21, Deputy Chief of Mission George Sibley noted that “George Stewart is a great model of this program. I know many times the teachers learn as much from the students as the students do from the professors. And here, with this program on child and adolescent psychiatry, we are confident that this program will improve the lives of children in Myanmar.”
“A course such as this is just the beginning – it provides the foundation for future learning,” Fulbright Scholar George Stewart said during his remarks at the graduation, adding “I wanted the students’ openness in the classroom to mirror what their patients would experience with them.”
The U.S Embassy is proud to work with these psychiatrists and University of Medicine 1 to develop child and adolescent psychiatry programs. This is one way the United States is working together with Myanmar people to build stronger and healthier communities.
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