The young medical students across the country have started a protest or campaign called “Save the doctor”. This is desperate times in the field of medical training and education. The students are demanding that the number of seats available for post graduate courses in the medical field should be increased. The number of seats available for specialization courses in medical field in India is very low compared to the number of under graduate seats. The movement has taken the country by storm. Immediate measures need to be taken in order to resolve the issue.
The major flaws in the history of the medical training system:
The main reason that the Indian medical training system has not been able to bring out the best in doctors is because the education system in India is very primitive. The system of training and teaching in medical colleges across the country has not changed in the last four decades. This is a very big problem. The medical students in other countries are entitled to problem based education. They are introduced to case studies and live action from the first day of college and in India the students take a lot of time to learn the theories.
The biggest problem:
The seats are very less and so this has forced the students to take tuitions from private institutions to crack the medical entrance test and get in to a specialization course. The seats are very limited and the students who prepare a lot get through. This only means that the average family student or a poor family student can never become a doctor. Moreover the level of innovation has decreased tremendously over the years and that is the major reason that India has stopped producing good doctors in the last two decades. The problem needs to be taken care of.
Taking care of the situation immediately:
At the moment the number of post graduate seats needs to be increased in order to get the problem out of the way. The government has taken certain steps. If these steps are followed in all the medical colleges across the country then we could easily have around 40,000 post graduate seats in the country without the expense of a single rupee. If this plan can be executed properly, then there will be a secondary medical facility provider in every two tier city in the country. This is a very good initiative in moving forward.
Will this affect the quality of medical students?
More number of seats will need more qualified medical experts and teachers in order to guide the students in a good way. The transformation of education is easy given the infrastructure that the medical system of the country has. If the education board can move their priority towards making a more innovative and more practical syllabus then the problem will be easily solved and we will get good doctors once again. The country definitely has the think tank to make the best doctors in the world.