Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The five-year memorandum of understanding signed by the SRM Medical College and Hospital with the U.S.-based Partners HealthCare System, is to take effect from the current academic year itself, said its Vice-Chancellor P. Sathyanarayanan.

The Partners, a charitable corporation, is committed to improve global medicine and its international programme is "gateway to the outstanding expertise of our hospitals and physicians," Mr. Sathyanarayanan said.

They work collaboratively with patients, physicians, insurers, Governments and corporations to extend the benefits of medical innovation beyond geographic boundaries, he added.

The Partners represents five hospitals -- Massachussets General Hospital, Brigham Women's Hospital, McLean Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital -- which are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, the Vice-Chancellor said.

As per the MoU, in addition to faculty visits from these affiliates, students of the SRM can be sent to these hospitals to get exposure in international standards in healthcare, he said.