CRISIS IN INDIAN MEDICAL EDUCATION

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  • 1. CRISIS IN INDIAN MEDICAL EDUCATION Time to verify the Issues Dr.T.V.Rao MD Improvingthe healthof acommon manis a Universal priority,everyelectedGovernmentshouldfall inline toshowthe citizensthathealthisaconcern forthem, theypromise tofindwaysto improve it.Indiacontinuestospendlessonbasichealthcare whencomparedwithmanyof our neighbouring Nations.Indiawithmass populationbase of more than1.3 billioncandolittle todate;the existing Governmental systemiscompromisedwithpolitics,lethargy,andcorruption.The visiontostart manyMedical collegesinIndiainprivate sectorhasgreatlychangedthe face of National health in the last three decades.Some Institutesare recognizedascentresof excellence andproducedmany competentDoctorswhoare nolessthan Doctorscreatedby the reputedGovernmentInstitutions Recentlythere issuddensurge of severalMedical collegesinprivate sectorThe challengestoruna private medical college are manyandmuch more difficultthanrunningaGovernmentMedical College.The Medical Councilof Indiaregulatestobuildinfrastructure,andbringinqualifiedand experiencedpersonswhoare more of spentoutforce,few have currentperceptionstobuild modernInstitutions,andmanyhave tocompromise withprivate managements.The Medical council isinterested inphysical verificationandheadcounting.Nobodyasksaboutourvisiontodevelopthe DepartmentorCollege.If the presentnumberof establishingMedical Collegescontinueswill produce substandardDoctorswhoare outdatedevenfortoday'sneeds.The resultsare evidentwith mushroomingof private Medical andNursingCollege'sproducinglessequipped,lessproductive and highlyexploitivedoctors.Butquestionremainswhowillbearthe burden,the answer iscertainly innocentpublic.Inspite of severaldifficultiesthe privatemedicalinstitutesshouldcreate something more imaginative soourstudentsare preparedtoimprove the healthsystemandadaptrapidlyto changinghealthscenariointhe Nation.The presentresentmentof ouryoungmedical graduatesto go to rural areasexposes,thatwe have createdDoctorsforurban care and comforts,theyare afraid to workalone withoutguidance of seniorsThe majorfaultlieswithuswe are producinggraduatesin modernmedicine withmodernfacilitieswithoutteachingadoptiontopoorpatientsandrural need, so the youngDoctors are resentingtodorural services.Inallopathicsystemof Medicine we are teachingonevidence basedprotocols,provinggoodintheoryandpoor inpractice,makingMBBS degree aslicence toappearfor postgraduate entrance test.The questioncomesare we elders justifiedinblamingyoungDoctorswhoare notwillingtogorural areas.Many policymakershave no ideaof rural life;make policiesonpaperwhichwillneverwork.Innextfew decadesonlyprivate medical instituteswill decide the future of Nationshealth.Itistime thatupcomingInstitutesshould decide theirpriorities,canwe dothe bestcare of patients,create andencourage betterteachers and save manylives.Ourless performingMedical graduate'slieswithpoorpractical training,many studentsfromevenGovernmentcollegescumupontheirown,as rapidexpansionmade many Doctors as teacherswithoutpassionforteachingimpartingpoorknowledgetothe students.Itis longtermobservationmanyteacherssurvive justbecause theyare postgraduate guidesand Examiners,otherwise……?The greatestdownfall of our degreeslieswithpoorpractical assessment of ourstudents.Much private managementassesthe teacher's capabilitytoproduce good percentage of results,everysincere teacheris aloserinthe presentcommercial systemof education where managementsmarketresultsassource of theirstrength.There are several medical colleges
  • 2. startedinthe last5 -10 years,waitingforsocial judgments,andpeopleare watchinghow they perform,andmanysubstandardstudentsawardeddegreeswill spoilthe reputationof theirparent Institutions.We are certaintosee manyMedical graduatesproducedinthe substandardInstitutes are harmful,noncompetitive andbringindangeroustrendsinMedical Profession.Several medical institutionswhichdonotcomplywithethicsandintegritywill certainlyface Darwin'slaw waitingto setthingsright,as the patientsare becomingconsciousabouthealthandcostsof treatment. Itis time Medical Council of Indiashouldmonitorthe eventsandstartAcademicgradingandcontinued performance basedsupportinneedof crisisinupcomingMedical colleges,otherwisevisionof elders makingoursas healthyNationwill be anunachievable dream. Dr.T.V.RaoMD professorof MicrobiologyandFree-lance writer