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Falling standards in medical microbiology

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FALLING STANDARDS IN MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

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Falling standards in medical microbiology

  1. 1. FALLING STANDARDS IN MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY Dr.T.V.Rao MD Our educational systemiswonderful aswe thinkandcompetitiveandproducingmanygraduates and postgraduates,howeverif youanalyse ourstudentstheytalkmanythingsbeyondwhatwe can do inour country.It meanswe are loadingthemwithimaginarythingsdriftingfromrealities,the skillsandperformance.The storyistoldthatthe legendaryfootballcoachVince Lombardi hada ritual he performedonthe firstdayof training.He wouldholdupa football,show ittothe athletes whohad beenplayingthe sportformanyyears,and say,* “Gentlemen,thisisafootball!”He talked aboutits size andshape,howitcan be kicked, carried,orpassed.He tookthe team outonto the emptyfieldandsaid,“Thisisa football field.”He walkedthemaround,describingthe dimensions, the shape,the rules,andhowthe game isplayed.Thiscoachknew that eventhese experienced players,andindeedthe team,couldbecome greatonlybymasteringthe fundamentals.Theycould spendtheirtime practicingintricate trickplays,butuntil theymasteredthe fundamentalsof the game,theywouldneverbecome achampionshipteam.*Ithinkmostof usintuitivelyunderstand howimportantthe fundamentalsare.Itisjustthat we sometimesgetdistractedbysomanythings that seemmore enticing.Todayourstudentslearncomplex thingsbeyondtheirneed,oursyllabusis excellenteverythingistoldastheory and I see eventhe postgraduatesinMedical microbiology practice withleastinterest,the laboratoryprocedures,little knowledge inbasics andmanymaynot be talentedtodo fewbasicthingsafterevenpost-graduation,MylearnedTeachertoldme thatIf we cannot separate twobacteriaone as Normal floraandothera pathogenicbacteria,it isnotworth passingthe MD or MSc examination,Todaymany goodstudentsdonotjoinMD, MSc Microbiology as there isn'tmuch to learnfromoutdatedteachersandeverythingcanbe automatedwe just remainas Undergraduate Teachers,andwe have no wayexceptmanipulatethe Thesisthe papers we publish,Iwishwe all readthe EmergingInfectiousdiseasesjournal publishedfromCDC everythingisMolecularandas SeniorTeacherIfindverydifficulttounderstandthe content.Itisall happenedmajorityof the seniorsnevertakencluesfrommanyevents,we afterspendingmore than > 9 years tobe a Medical Microbiologist withMD, andanotherperiodof > 9 in waitingtobecome a Professorgoesintounproductive workwithoutcontributingmuchtopatientcare whichmakesthe Clinicians reluctanttoacceptus as a part of the system.Thisall happenedwithcumulativeeffectin Microbiologythe teachersonce theybecome Associate Professorstheyreadverylittleandleave the Laboratory workto assistantsspendingTime withsocalledadministrative workandChasing Examinerships.If we thinkwithconsciousness manyCliniciansdonot dependentonLaboratory reportsas theyare done by some technical staff andrarelyProfessorsorseniors take anyinterest inbenchwork and Medical Microbiologyisinfluencedbymanynon-Medical personalities however theywork with much sincerityforsurvival competingwithMedicallyqualifiedprofessionals,andI am certaininfuture hightechlaboratoriesinTowntake overthe diagnosticmicrobiologymanyof us are silentspectatorswithonlydesignations,HowevermanyproblemsinMicrobiologydepartment are attributedwithlittle productive workand asleastworkcreatesmany conflictsandinterpersonal rivalriessome Megalomaniacpersonalitiesneverlookedoutsidenarrow mindsandkilledthe Departments withoutfindingsolutionstothe existingills,Ithinkif youaskme what I can think aboutto improve the professionthe fact, manyseniorsshouldrethinkwhattheyknow andhow much we practicingmicrobiologyare we contributinganything to real care of the patients. Howeverthere are greatpersonalitiesin Microbiologywhoreallyworkandaware of the lacunae in the system, Ihave seenwonderful personalities howeververyfew tocount. Today Many students do notlike tojoin MD Microbiologyasthere are no Dedicatedteachersto mouldthemandthe private managementsare carriedbybusinessequationandleastcaringonacademicmattersto
  2. 2. improve the overall healthof Profession,asdone inCardiologyandRadiology Ifindthat Microbiologydepartmentsare leastfundedandinfuture tocontinue inDepartmentswillbe disappointing,andinfuture manyleastinterestedpeople jointhe MDmicrobiology justforajobfor MCI regulations, andthe Departmentswillbe loadedwithMediocre teachersandfuture of the Departmentsatstake ? . I alwaysfeel the real Microbiologyinourhandshow we practise our knowledge,forbettermentof the profession,orelse we will be ignoredinthe system? IIaccept todaywe awardingthe postgraduate degreesforoursurvival ratherthansurvival of the Profession ina complex societyloadedwithmanysocial factorsandcommercializationof the medical profession. ?We neednotfeel alone everyMedical specialityisfacingthe same fate withfalling standardsinlearningof basicsand dedication leadingtogrosserrorsindiagnosisandTreatment.It isup to juniorandupcomingMicrobiologiststothinkwhatisNEXT…… or else? *. Vince Lombardi,inDonaldT. Phillips,RuntoWin:Vince Lombardi onCoachingandLeadership (2001), 92. Dr.T.V.RaoMD Professorof MicrobiologyFreelance writer

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