Music Therapy as Medical Subject May Take Time

Music Therapy as Medical Subject May Take TimeMusic Therapy as Medical Subject May Take Time

As part of the fourth goal of the 2014 Health Reform Plan which calls for reforms in the medical education system, music therapy is to be offered as an academic discipline in universities of medical sciences. However, the program is not expected to be launched soon and so far only 20% of the curriculum has been devised.

The idea proposed by Neishabur University of Medical Sciences in Khorasan Razavi Province has been included in the Health Reform Plan for the so-called Macro-Region 9.

The reform plan, comprising eight goals each constituting several targets, was approved by the High Council for Cultural Revolution in 2014 and communicated to medical universities by Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi.

This was followed by classifying the country into the 10 macro-regions with each given specific targets to achieve. Macro-region 9 covers North, South and Razavi Khorasan provinces and includes medical universities of North Khorasan, Neyshabur, Esfarayen, Birjand, Sabzevar, Torbat Heydariyeh, Torbat Jam and Mashhad.

Universities in this macro-region have been given five specific goals with regard to palliative care, nutritional science, dental sciences, neuroscience and art and medicine.   

Curriculum in these fields of medical sciences has been reviewed and revised so as to improve the quality of education.

Palliative care and art therapy are subjects that experts in the macro-region are working on to be offered at medical universities.

“Dental care project has made good progress. The curriculums have been revised on need-based programs and will soon be finalized and communicated to universities,” Mohammad Reza Darabi, secretary of Macro-Region 9, was quoted as saying by

The nutritional science goal has also taken off but needs more time to bear results.

“Nutrition sciences are rather new and therefore require careful educational planning at master’s and Ph.D. levels,” said the official.

The projects on neuroscience majors, however, have not made much progress as it is an interdisciplinary subject.

“We have established a well-equipped neurology center in Mashhad and have useful contact with German health centers. But in-depth study and revision is still required to enhance the quality of education in this field,” said Darabi.

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