Reforms in Medical Education Opportunities and Challenges

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While the World Education 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. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, Prof Manisha Jindal, Professor 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 huge footfalls and gifted  many takeaways to the attendees. The following were the broad areas of discussion:

  • 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
Dr Girdhar J Gyani,
Past Secretary General, Quality Council of India & Currently Advisor NABH

“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” 

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

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

Dr Balasubramanyam,
Domain Consultant: Medical E-learning, Professor –Department of Anatomy, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore

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

Prof Manisha Jindal,
Prof of Physiology, Convener Medical Education Unit, School of Medical Sciences, Sharda University 

“Self directed learning should be introduced in medical education”


Dr Tarun Seem,
Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Office of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delh

‘Simulation is an important medical education tool’

Prof Tapan Kumar Jena,
School of Health Sciences, IGNOU

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

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