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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-3

Education for Health's New Home in Pune, India

Managing Editor, Education for Health

Date of Submission16-Jul-2012
Date of Web Publication30-Jul-2012

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P Bansal
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DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.99191

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A little more than a year ago, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) was invited by Education for Health's co-editors and Dr. Bill Burdick, a member of the journal's operations board, to serve as the new home for the journal. Dr. Arun Jamkar, who had recently become Vice Chancellor at MUHS, took no time in responding "yes" to this invitation on behalf of the University. He saw that the mission of the journal and its sponsoring organization, The Network: Towards Unity for Health, related closely to what MUHS stood for.

Soon, official procedures for the transition began. After the initial excitement, the enormity of the responsibility of being the home for an international journal dawned upon us at MUHS. I paid a visit to the journal's previous home for 20+ years at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands. A several-day orientation with the long-term Managing Editor, Marie-Louise Panis, gave us confidence and courage to get started. On 1 January 2012, MUHS welcomed Education for Health to its new home in its Regional Office at Pune (pronounced Pů-nā), India

For MUHS, being a part of Education for Health will be a new way to serve its mission of being a catalyst in social transformation for India by promoting excellence in health professions education. MUHS is one of the 14 state health science universities in India created to bring all health professions education institutions under their umbrella within their respective states. Estab­lished in 1998, MUHS is both a teaching and affiliating university; it presently affiliates 290 health professions training institutions, which include 31 medical schools, 25 dental schools, 66 schools of Indian medicine, 45 homeopathy schools, 83 schools of nursing, and 40 allied health sciences schools (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, laboratory technology, and audiology). MUHS has seven academic departments - The Department Medical Education & Technology, Department of Genetics, Immunology, Biochemistry & Nutrition, Department of Infectious Diseases, Department of Community Ophthalmology and Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), University Department of Interdisciplinary Research and Training and School of Health Care Administration.

The university has been doing pioneering work in the field of health professions education through its Department of Medical Education and Technology at Pune, which now serves as the journal's home. The department has trained as educators over 1400 faculty from various health science disciplines and its faculty have received a variety of national and international grants for their work. The most recent grant has been through an Obama-Singh 21 st Century Knowledge Initiative Award for 2012 from the United States-India Education Foundation. This grant will help MUHS create a collaborative Masters in Health Professions Education degree program with the University of Michigan in the USA.

Our past few months as the journal's new home have been busy. The entire department had to adjust to a new routine, with colleagues ever willing to help when things got too busy. In addition to hiring new staff, learning the ropes, and handling the journal's regular workflow of manuscript submissions and reviews, we have been coordinating the journal's transition to a new electronic publisher, Wolters Kluwer Health/Medknow ( Even though our association with the journal's prior publisher was very brief, it was a great experience working with the Rural and Remote Health team from James Cook University in Australia. Robyn Preston and Gary Quick ensured the smooth transition with their prompt and precise responses. We are excited about this transition in publishers, which brings new features and opportunities to the authors and readers of Education for Health: more about that later.

Today, as we deliver to you this first issue from MUHS, our hearts are filled with pride and emotion at having accomplished this daunting task successfully. The journal's previous production team, through its untiring efforts and deep caring, has nurtured the journal to its present form, which we feel privileged to receive. Their commitment and passion are truly inspiring. Co-editors Michael Glasser and Don Pathman were there to teach us how to walk and held our hand all along the way. Marie Louise, Dr. Bill Burdick, and Dr. Jamkar were our pillars of strength.

I would like to congratulate our home team, especially Dr. Gaurang, who took to the day-to-day routine of the journal like a fish takes to water. He enjoys his work and does it very well!

We sincerely thank the journal's authors, reviewers, and associate editors for being so patient and bearing with the air pockets we encountered on the flight from Maastricht University to MUHS. The transition has made great progress, but we know the journey has just begun.

Payal Bansal

Managing Editor, Education for Health,


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