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May 2012

30 students were selected for the 18th batch of medical course. The College, in the first two decades of its inception was able to bring out 4 batch of graduates and since the 80’s it has been able to raise the enrollment as well as graduates to four batch in one decade which has been continuing so far. Hence, for the last three decades two successive batches after every four years was selected. Usually, The College announces admission for two successive batches after every four years. But this time, the college has decided to provide a special admission for the year 2014. The prospectus for the Academic Year 2014 will be announced around October, 2012.

Rewalsar Clinic (16-05-2012)

COLLEGE ADMISSION 2013 Entrance Exam The entrance exam for the 18th batch of Medical Course commenced from 1 May, 2012 at Tibetan Medical & Astrological College, Men-TseeKhang, Dharamsala and was for four days which includes written exams in Tibetan & English and interview. Out of a total of 144 applicants, 107 appeared for the entrance exam. The number of allotment of seats Men-Tsee-Khang

was raised to 30 from this batch. The reservation of seats are alloted to Tibetans (25), Himalayan region (2), foreigners (1) and MenTsee-Khang staff children (2).

NEW BRANCH CLINIC Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh Men-Tsee-Khang

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its 57th branch clinic in Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh popularly known as Tso-Pema on 16 May, 2012 by the Chief Guest, H.E Ontul Rinpoche of Wogmin Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery. The other dignitaries were Mr. Bansi Lal (Pradhan), Mr. Tej Singh (Gram Panchayat Pradhan), Settlement Officer of Pandoh, the members of local assembly, head

In 1998, the Branch Clinic at Bir started medical camp at Rewalsar to provide health care facilities to the residents, pilgrims, hermits etc in the area. For fourteen years, the team visited once every month and provided treatment

to the people there.

of the different monasteries etc. The Chief Guest and the Registrar of the institute Mr. Tsering Phuntsok addressed the gathering on the occasion. Dr. Shedup Sangie has been appointed as the resident doctor and Mrs. Tsetan as the dispenser cum accountant of the branch clinic. The objective of setting up a clinic here was to provide heatlh care to the local community, pilgrims, hermits and tourists who visit the sacred area whole year round. Men-Tsee-Khang would like to thank Wogmin Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery for its support in the opening of the new branch clinic at their monastery and providing facilities during the inauguration Men-Tsee-Khang

M e n - Ts e e Khang would like to thank Ontul Rinpoche and Lama Wa n g d o r Rinpoche who gave their support by providing free facilities and accommodation respectively during the medical camp in Rewalsar, the Health Department, CTA and the office of Pandoh settlement for the arrangments and schedule announcement to the public during the medical camps in Pandoh and Sundernagar. COURSE

21-27 May, 2012. Dr. Khenrab Gyamtso, vice prin-

cipal of TMAC, addressed the gathering of 20 participants from University of Minnesota on 21 May at 9 a.m. He welcomed all the participants and assured that the course will be helpful and informative. Six doctors, one doctrate of philosophy and an astrologer (Dr. Sonam Dolma, Dr.Wangdu, Dr. Tsering Thakchoe Drungtso, Dr. Nyima Gyaltsen, Dr. Passang Wangdu, Dr. Yeshi Gelek, Geshe Tenpa Tashi, Astrologer Tenzin Tsewang) were the resource persons during the six day course. Organizing and Co-ordinating of Workshops and Seminars in

College, TMAC The Tibetan Medical & Astrological College (TMAC), Dharamsala organized an “Introductory Course on Traditional Tibetan Medicine� from 2


MTK, Dharamsala have been handled by the administration when the programe was initiated in the 90’s. But, since 2011 the organizing of workshops and seminars, undertaking of the in-

patient ward and mild therapy has been handed over to the Tibetan Medical & Astrological College by the administration. On 25 May, the group from Minnesota gave presentations on perspective of a medical doctor and an chiropractor on nutrition and diabetes, practice of anesthesia and gyneclogical disorders. Maxwell Gessner MD, Diplomat, American Board of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Pain Management Clinic, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Bemidji Minnesota spoke about “The Practice of Anesthesia in USA”. He introduced how anesthesia is used to control pain during surgery, using medicines to keep you comfortMen-Tsee-Khang

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able and relaxed. He said that “a needle is put in the spine with medicine which passes through the nerves and gives a pleasant sensation to the patient”. This help many patients to get rid of the pain. He treats a lot of patients and says that “we treat the pain but not the suffering”. So, the question arises of how to take the suffering away from the patients. He feels that the buddhist philosophy has the antidote to get rid of suffering which is integrated in the traditional Tibetan healing system as well. The people in the west need scientific evidence. They do not see

the unity theory of causality. It is difficult to integrate buddhist philosphy and the Tibetan system of healing in his work for the time being but would conitnue

to work because of its scientific knowledge that the rest of the world needs to know. THI (Tibetan Healing Initiative) lead Faculty & Gradaute Faculty, Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota Miriam E. Cameron, PHD, MS, MA, RN presented the Research Update on the Collaboration of Tibetan Healing Initiative (THI) and Men-Tsee-Khang. OBITUARY Mrs. Tashi Dolma passed away on 19 May, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Rajpur. She joined the institute on 1 July, 1995 as a dispenser in Rajpur branch clinic and was transferred to Kollegal and then to Rajpur. Her service to the the institute for 17 years is a very precious one and the institute has lost one of its staff.

Men-Tsee-Khang conveys its sincere condolence to her family members and pray that her departed soul rest in peace. 3

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