September 16, 2008

Practical Training for Young Docs

By Shruthi Balakrishna

BANGALORE: Young doctors across the state may soon be able to get hands-on training from experts at the best hospitals.

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) is mulling over giving recognition to government and private hospitals as 'centres of excellence' . The aim is to make students more competent and create a rigid environment for learning.

Towards this end, the university held a meeting with academicians and experts recently . Headed by RGUHS V-C S Ramananda Shetty, various suggestions for the programme were mooted. Another round of discussions is scheduled before a final decision is taken.

Post-graduate medical and dental students are expected to benefit from the move as they will get practical guidance from experts at the new centres. The duration of the training is likely to be twothree months.

RGUHS registrar S Vasanth Kumar told The Times of India that most doctors prefer to work in private hospitals . "This is because of monetary benefits and recognition . Also, state-of-the-art facilities are available at private hospitals," he said. He added that students will also be exposed to modern technology , which is not available at most government and private teaching hospitals.

The registrar added that P-G students have to study specialized areas such as neurology and cardiology. "Not all institutes have advanced training in these areas. For instance, a student who has to study cancer as part of the curriculum may not have the facility at the institute. In such cases, the students will be posted to a cancer hospital identified as a centre of excellence by the university," he explained.

The centres of excellence will be identified based on parameters drafted by the university . "There are parameters we are considering, including state-of-the-art facilities ," he said. After the training , students' feedback will be taken on whether the training was beneficial, how they were treated, the quality of teaching, etc.

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