Twenty doctors of ayurveda from around India recently sharpened their skills and familiarised themselves with the modern technology that science has to offer at a camp in Mumbai. The Government of India’s Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), conducted a training programme in Mumbai, in order to help doctors of ayurveda familiarise themselves with newer technological practices in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics. Doctors from around the country, including Jaipur, Jabalpur, Manipal and other areas from the interiors of Maharashtra- Latur, Pune, Osmanabad, attended the training sessions which were held at various centres in the city. The centres include Palep Hospital, KJ Somaiya Hospital, St. George Hospital, and Podar Hospital among others. There were 12 faculty members who are experts drawn from the field. “These are teachers, professors and lecturers who will be given teaching materials in order to improve their teaching skills. They will also be given practical training in operation of ultra-sound and sonography equipment,” said HS Palep, a faculty member and founder of the Dr Palep Medical Research Foundation. The six-day programme started on September 22. An average day consisted of clinical hands-on training in various aspects after which classes were held by the faculties in different hospitals. The day began at 8 30 am and ended at 6 pm. The ayurvedic doctors were also taught in-vitro fertilization technique along with other assisted reproductive techniques. This helped them with a total overview of obstetrics and other gynecological practices. “These are the doctors who usually man the rural set up, so these techniques should be known to them,” says Dr Palep. The doctors who all hold an MD in ayurveda can thus update their skills with this continued medical education programme. “This is the first time we are conducting this re-orientation with modern medicine, in ayurveda. The Government has asked us to conduct a similar programme in January 2009,” says Dr Palep.