Andhra Pradesh

Filling the Lacunae in Medical Education

Dr M Sasidhar, Head, Microbiology Department, Rajiv Gandhi Institute ofMedical Sciences, Hyderabad speaks about his organisationsperspective of medical education

What is your opinion on the status of medical education inIndia and in Andhra Pradesh? What are the developmentsthe state has witnessed in this specific area?
Medical college is a tertiary care for promoting, enhancingpublic health in multifaceted and multidisciplinary way as wellas educating future doctors of the Indian society. Medical education is the back bone for the healthy and productive andwealthy India.

India has evidenced a drastic uplift in this sector in recent past by liberalising the stringent restrictions andamending the rules of Indian Medical Act 1951 further payingthe ways for the apex institutions like AlIMS across the country and new medical colleges in both Government and privatesectors particularly in rural areas for improvising the medicalcare of society.

AP caters 12.5 percent (40 medical colleges) of medicalgraduation in contrary to the previous five percent in 1980s.AP government is keen in the aspect by increasing medical seats in Government colleges and by establishing newmedical college in each district and promoting the private sector in the medical education but not compromising the desiredstandards of Medical Council of India (MCI).

What is your opinion on the quality of medical education?What steps should an institute like your need to adopt?
Quality is the parameter that depends on curriculum administration, trained and dedicated faculty, further regular updation of medical knowledge by Continuing Medical Educations(CME) and promoting research. Every institution has to adoptstringent measures like regular and periodic curriculum makeup as per the desired standards and encouraging the initiativefrom students.

What are the steps you/your institute have taken tosafeguard the quality parameter?
Strict implementation of curriculum , implementation of all available methodology in teaching and encouraging student participation evidenced by up to 100 percent results in universityexaminations.

To solve the problem of getting NOC for setting upmedical college in the country, what steps should theMedical Council of India (MCI) need to take?
Getting NOC depends on several factors as a whole, but liberalisation in certain aspects depending on the geographical andcommunity level feedbacks from the states can be considered depending on descriptive powers of council but not compromisingon the standards, as everything is not possible in a given situation.

How active is MCI in offering solution to scarcity ofmedical colleges, doctors and para- medical staffs inIndia and in AP?
No doubt MCI is putting its effort but still the lacunae exists likesome of the states are not even having a medical college. Asthe need of the hour, we need further liberalisation dependingon the existing criteria of different states and places.AP state under Directorate of Medical Education is promoting various paramedical and nursing courses since long underparamedical board.

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