Countrys Medical Education Calls for Reforms


Medical education in India has been one of the most debated topics in healthcare fraternity. There is always an universal agreement that the stereotypical methods of teaching and learning should go away and reforms should take place. Where do we stand in making the reforms? Read on to discover  By Sharmila Das, ENN.

India has the largest number of medical colleges in the world. The number stands at more than 350, still quality healthcare is a daydream for most part of the country.A few experts say it is because of the inadequate number of medical and paramedic staffs, healthcare is not reaching to all. The medical colleges of the country are too facing challenges of lengthy accreditation procedure;un-updated curriculum etc and these challenges are making the medical colleges of the country ineffective in producing skilled and adequate number of medical staffs.

Dr K K Aggarwal, MD, Padmashri & Dr B C Roy National Awardee,Sr Physician & Cardiologist,Board of Medical Education Moolchand Medcity, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council & National Vice President Elect Indian Medical Association says, I feel there should be a centralised entrance exam. NEERT should be implemented in its spirit. The accreditation process should be independent with no government control.

Dr V Balasubramanyam, President:Bangalore Chapter of Indian Association for Medical Informatics,Professor, Dept of Anatomy, St Johns Medical College says, We have moved from classroom didactic teaching to interactive distance learning and online learning.

Dr Vivek A Saoji, Dean and Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune says, To ensure quality of medical education accreditation should be made mandatory to all medical colleges and health science universities. It however has to be done by an autonomous body and should be free of government control.

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