December 2012

Adopting Technology to Redefine Medical Education

The Medical Council of India (MCI) also in their revised regulations  has recommended the establishment of
medical education technology units in each medical college. The Parliamentary Committee on  Subordinate Legislation has also strongly recommended that MCI  should make it compulsory for all medical colleges to prescribe for a minimum number of lectures to be imparted using audio-visual  techniques in substitution of conventional lectures by teachers/professors in the classrooms. However, is this really happening?


Technology enhances medical education

Dr Murlidhar Joshi
Joshis Institute of Pain



We have medical education technology, new frontier, e-books, new gadgets, eclass room, and e-learning process. Around 40, 525 graduates pass out every year from medical colleges. They are able to work, learn and study wherever and whenever they want to. Todays classrooms have more practical active learning what people looking for. IT supports the clouds to decentralise and here I feel hybrid- learning is a most important factor in medical education not in e-learning. The economic pressures and new modes of education give competition to traditional teaching. In medical colleges, the faculty members should provide the facility of adequate training program. We also need to embrace mobile applications, tablets computing, game based learning and learning analytics, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Need for software to collaborate with industry

Dr V Balasubramanyam
Domain Consultant-Medical eLearning,
St. Johns Medical College,

I am working on how technology gets into the system in medical education. If we talk about the e-learning industry its worth in the year of 2007 was 10-12 million dollars, 25 million dollars in 2009 and according to the global industry analysts market, it will reach to 107 million dollars by the year of 2015. To assimilate the information exactly the way a teacher wants, there are certain software developed to assist the teacher. Collaboration of such software within the industry is the need of the hour. This process of communication is not limited with doctors, nurses and patients and can also be communicated to transmit the information. This can be customised according to the various communities
and situations. CME credit points are increasingly the new trend in the industry. We are also approaching towards distance programmes. We have 500 courses, super specialties at St John, hosting digital content to organise the system of distance education and disseminate information among the network hospitals.

A fresh era of nursing education should start

Prof Rafath Razia
Deputy Director (Nursing),
I/C Registrar,


The healthcare sector of the nation and nursing are two inseparable fields like two sides of a coin. WHO bulletin says 24 million nurses are required in India. Increasing the numbers of nurses and midwives alone is not sufficient. Improving capacities, nursing services and healthcare delivery require concentrated, strategic interventions to improve the quality of nursing and midwifery education.Nursing education is a very demanding task and situation at present time is that it is a multi factorial and complicated. It is good for nursing and mid wives to learn the teaching methodology that is used in nursing like the theory, lab procedures and actual patient care.
In Andhra Pradesh, there are increasing number of institution and the number of seats, multipurpose health worker schools are 301, school of nursing for GNM programme around 400, and the collages of nursing for BSc Nursing programme is 216+ 13 post basic programme and 25 MSc Nursing programme, facilities for nursing education are needed various ways. There should be infrastructure and building, teacher and faculty is a major problem because a nursing teacher should be an expert nurse herself. There is a problem of gender also as in India most of the nurses are women, there is also medical domination in most of the hospital and healthcare setting.


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