The Schulmania Medical Corps (SMC) is the national health care agency. SMC has several internal divisions, each responsible for a different segment of health care. The Klingman Institute oversees hospitals and clinics nationwide. Additionally, the Klingman Institute provides accreditation services for health care facilities and medical training programs. The Schulminion Medical Society (SMS) promulgates directives for the medical system and administers its Ethics Review Board. SMS also accredits medical training programs. The SMC sets and maintains standards for professional practice and medical research. Medical research and development facilities and programs are managed by universities or by licensed private institutions. The SMC has contracted with Leech Apothecary to produce and distribute pharmaceuticals in Schulmania.
Quality medical care begins with quality personnel. The Klingman Institute and SMS have developed guidelines for medical practitioner training and continuing education programs. These guidelines establish a course of study for aspiring medical students and stringent entrance examinations for the universities offering medical programs. Varying levels of medical training are available in every college and university in Schulmania. Several programs are affiliated with teaching hospitals. The Klingman Institute operates teaching hospitals in Gran Maru (Atkinos District, Schulmanicus) as well as Campo di Carmelcciase and Robinia (South Wirdleonia District, South Wirdleonia). Additional teaching hospitals are found in Georgehampton (Devonshire) and East St. Paul (East Atkinos).
Fields of accreditation include the categories and subcategories listed below. Note that there is no distinction made between feline and non-feline specializations; Schulminion practitioners are skilled in handling the medical needs of all citizens.
Internal medicine: cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology, hepatology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology, rheumatology, urology.
Surgery: general surgery, trauma surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery.
Dental: general dentistry, advanced general dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, maxillofacial/oral pathology.
Ophthamology: general ophthalmology, cataract specialization, glaucoma specialization
Veterinary specialties: small animal, large animal, poultry, equine, dairy, porcine, parasitology, population management.
The Klingman Institute operates medical facilities in every town in Schulmania. Larger towns have full-scale hospitals and health centers; small towns have comprehensive health clinics. All facilities offer medical and dental services. Specialized services are available at larger facilities. Most SMC facilities operate under the names of Klingman Institute, Collin Health Center or Kelly Clinic. Private health services are also available and are fully licensed and accredited by the appropriate agencies.
The Klingman Institute has established core values and principles for facilities it administers. In our academic medical centers, the responsibility to teach and do research in the laboratory, at the bedside and in the community enhances the fundamental goal of entirely personal, compassionate patient care. The Klingman Institute will strive to provide superlative patient care, considered to be the requisite model for learning. To do this, we adhere to these principles:
Respect for Every Individual- we will treat each feline and human we work with and care for with respect.
Honesty and Fairness - We will be truthful, equitable and open in all our relationships.
Delivery of the Highest Quality Service - We will always strive to deliver the highest quality service and care to our patients, their families, and our colleagues.
Constant Pursuit of Excellence - We will continuously strive to meet or exceed our patients' and colleagues' expectations.
In training medical professionals, stringent admissions and evaluation standards allow only the best of the best to practice medicine. Though each field and institution has its own specialized requirements, there are some commonalities in medical training across all fields.
All medical education programs begin with academic coursework: biology, anatomy, pathology, immunology, biochemistry, and microbiology. From this core, students branch off into specialty areas, such as dentistry, internal medicine, veterinary, chiropractic and many others. Successful completion of coursework includes field studies and a residency program. An internship in the chosen field is the final stage of the training program.
The SMC is funded by the Government of Schulmania. The Supreme Wirdle established a trust fund for medical care by donating a significant amount of her personal treasure. The interest accumulated in the fund is sufficient to make health care access universal in Schulmania and at minimal cost. Private health care providers are regulated by the SMC but do not receive SMC funds unless they have been contracted to provide services, such as Drs. Cataline and Cataline, who coordinate chiropractic care in Schulmania.
The SMC is committed to the health and well-being of Schulminions. This commitment is reinforced not only by a continuing education program for practitioners but also by an ongoing public education campaign to keep citizens informed about the latest in heath and wellness. The Klingman Institute works to keep the general public informed about healthy eating and exercise.
The Klingman Institute also leads the way in biomedical research and development. Laboratories work in concert with leading universities to develop and test new medicines and therapies. The institute coordinates with Leech Apothecary and other pharmaceutical companies to extensively research and test new medicines. This collaboration has allowed a
large stream of advanced medications to reach the public. Innovative treatment, including use of radioactive substances, has provided an ever-growing variety of treatments for the afflictions of Schulminions.
The multi-faceted mission of the Schulmania Medical Corps is to provide for the current and future medical needs of Schulminions. The SMC is a top-level government agency and its director reports to the Supreme Wirdle. The Klingman Institute is the largest component of the SMC and its director serves as Chief Medical Officer for the SMC. The Board of Directors consists of 15 members, five of which are appointed by the Supreme Wirdle and five by the Bureau of Feline Affairs. The other five are nominated by the public and appointed based upon merit.