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Medical News & Perspectives
November 18, 2009

Afghan Military Medical School Reopens, Enrolls Women in First Class of Cadets

JAMA. 2009;302(19):2081-2082. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1633

Years ago, Afghanistan's military medical school was forced to close under the harsh rule of the Taliban. Its recent reopening in Kabul, in the spring of 2009, could help change the shape of medicine in Afghanistan.

US and Afghan officials hope that the military medical school will not only provide future physicians with the skills necessary to meet the challenge of delivering health care in the conflict-ridden country, but also will transform the way medicine is taught there.