Forensic Medicine Department
Since the founding of the Department of forensic Medicine, University of Rangoon, in 1927,the Head of Department has always traditionally been Surgeon of the Rangoon General Hospital. This unique arrangement made it possible for the students to regularly acquire the knowledge of practical application of the theory of Forensic Medicine which they received in the lectures. The students are given open opportunities to be present at medicolegal post-mortem examinations held at the Office of the police surgeon. In fact, compulsory attendances at these sessions are part of the regular training. The founder of the Department, Professor Lt. Colonel Owens was recognized in neighbouring countries as a leading medicolegalist whose book “Lyon’s Medical jurisprudence for india”, 9th edition was accepted as a text book of forensic Medicine in many Medical Colleges of India and Burma at that time. A fine museum which reflected the extent of his life’s work was destroyed during the World War II. In 1953,there was creation of full-time police Surgeon posts as well as Head of Department in Medical College and Dr. Mg Mg Taik became the first full-time police Surgeon in forensic Medicine at Yangon General Hospital. Dr. Mg Mg Taik was also lecturer and Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the institute of Medicine (1) Yangon. On 18.11.1988,Dr. Bah Choon was given a professorial chair and since then, the department was raised to a professorial chair and since then, the department was raised to a professorial status for the first time. The Department is also a centre where officers of the Criminal Investigation Department, Myanmar police, receive their training in Forensic Medicine. Postgraduate training courses have been started as Diploma (Medical Jurisprudence) from 1996 to 2000, Master of Medical Science (Medical Jurisprudence) from 2000 and Doctor of Medical Science (Medical Jurisprudence) from 2003. The Department also plays a major role in the teaching of medical ethics to undergraduate and postgraduate students.