August 2012

Reforms in Medical Education Opportunities and Challenges

Like the inaugural year this year too the World Education Summit (WES) 2012 has garnered grand success. It could create an impact in the minds of attendees to speak about the relevant issues of the sector while discussing about the milestones achieved so far. The 2nd edition of the WES 2012 was being jointly organised by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies and Elets Technomedia Pvt. Ltd. between 23-24 July 2012 in Le Meridien, New Delhi. Prof S S Mantha, Programme Chair, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India was the Programme Chair of the Summit.

While the mega summit was able to bring together most of the eminent names of education eco-system, the special session on Reforms in Medical Education: Opportunities and Challenges was equally successful in bringing together healthcare stalwarts like Dr Shakti Gupta, HOD, Hospital Administration and Medical Superintendent, RP Center of Ophthalmic Sciences, Dr Balasubramanyam, Domain Consultant: Medical E-learning, Professor “Department of Anatomy, St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, Prof Manisha Jindal, Prof of Physiology, Convener Medical Education Unit, School of Medical Sciences, Sharda University, Dr Tarun Seem, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Office of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi, Prof Tapan Kumar Jena, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU and the Chair of the session Dr Girdhar J Gyani, Past Secretary General, Quality Council of India and currently Advisor, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare services (NABH). The session witnessed a huge footfalls and it has gifted
many takeaways to each attendee. The following were the broad areas of discussion of the track:

  • Dearth of human resource and colleges in the healthcare sector
  • Role of Government as well as private sector to provide further impetus to medical education
  • Lack of quality institutes for medicine
  • Benefits of ICT-enabled learning modules in medical education
  • Need for a comprehensive policy to address the acute shortage of human resources in healthcare
  • The urgent need of reform in medical education.

We want to bring some good doctors from private healthcare space, want them to contribute in medical education, so that the transformation can happen although it will take some years to see the impactDr Girdhar J Gyani, Past Secretary
General, Quality Council of India & Currently Advisor NABH

Content of the training programmes (for doctors) need to be changed in connascence with our changing needs,

Dr Shakti Gupta

HOD, Hospital Administration and Medical Superintendent, RP Center of Ophthalmic Sciences

The state of medical education in India is more of a wishful thinking rather than building blocks for holistic healthcare

Dr Balasubramanyam
, Domain Consultant: Medical E-learning, Professor “Department of Anatomy, St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore

Self directed learning should be introduced in medical education

Prof Manisha Jindal
, Prof of Physiology, Convener Medical Education Unit, School of Medical

Sciences, Sharda University

Simulation is an important medical education tool,

Dr Tarun Seem
, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax,

Office of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi

There is no organised medical education and a mismatch prevails in thoughts and sought

Prof Tapan Kumar Jena
, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU

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