Information therapy and the medical student

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Information therapy and the medical student

  1. 1. Ninad Maniar Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital September 3, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>170-odd students – 2 nd MBBS </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical rotations </li></ul><ul><li>Hungry for knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Eager to “make a difference” </li></ul><ul><li>No financial requirements </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Unaware </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased contact with medical fraternity </li></ul><ul><li>Want of attention (need to be heard) </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in understanding prescriptions etc. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Pilot plan- OPD basis </li></ul><ul><li>Info therapy desk manned by students </li></ul><ul><li>Demand/ supply, skill stratification </li></ul><ul><li>Protocols to be devised-Few diseases selected initially </li></ul><ul><li>Shifts of one hour each </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Introduction to evidence based medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in patient care </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Inquisitiveness </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Reliable source of information </li></ul><ul><li>Time spent with “doctors” </li></ul><ul><li>Less intimidated </li></ul><ul><li>More free to ask questions – time </li></ul><ul><li>Empowered </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Surprisingly small amount available </li></ul><ul><li>Students- on the hunt for projects </li></ul><ul><li>Harnessing important epidemiological data </li></ul><ul><li>KAP questionnaire- commonplace </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance testing- before/after </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately judge efficacy of practice </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Integration – community medicine, IDSP </li></ul><ul><li>Referral- psychiatry- addiction/stress etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater number of Departments to be involved </li></ul><ul><li>Inculcated into curriculum </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Decreases time allotted to core clinical posting </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptability to higher-ups </li></ul>

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