Medical College Director Interview: Cutting edge technologies to bring edge to medical education, says AMU medical college principal
Careers360 in interview with Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Principal of J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) brings the expert’s insights on quality of medical education imparted in India and its challenges. In this interview, Prof. Mansoor shares about the research culture in Indian medical colleges.
Prof. Tariq Mansoor, here also talks about latest technologies dominating medical education domain. Read this interview to know what AMU Medical college principal says on increasing the number of medical seats.
Careers360: How do you look at the quality of medical education being imparted in the country?
Prof. Tariq Mansoor: The medical education imparted in India is of very high calibre. However, having said that, I believe that the quality varies widely between different institutions. The divide becomes even more pronounced if we compare the quality of education imparted in government-run Institutions and in privately managed colleges/universities. Our aim should be to prepare and train all undergraduates so that they are fully capable of delivering basic health services and performing critical life-saving emergency procedures.
Careers360: What are the other challenges faced by medical institutes in India?
Prof. Tariq Mansoor: Numerous challenges exist. Is our curriculum being adapted to the present day requirements? Are our teachers being sensitized to the current healthcare related issues? Medical Education in India has to focus equally on both the burgeoning infectious diseases and chronic degenerative diseases. The spotlight should also be on practical applications of knowledge, for example, triage management, rational use of antibiotics, judicious use of investigations, infection control and biomedical waste management. Moreover the growing disenchantment of the public with the practitioners of Medicine should also be addressed.
Careers360: Share your insights on research culture in the medical colleges?
Prof. Tariq Mansoor: Quality of research in some medical colleges is already very good. All MD/MS students submit a thesis on a research topic. The important issue is that there should be more thrust on publication of these research outputs. Avenues of research can be improved if teachers apply for mural and extramural financial aid and conduct more PhDs. Quality of research can be further augmented by collaborating with premier Government institutions and foreign institutions. Student exchange programmes and participation in conferences also go a long way in improving research.
Careers360: Is there a need to increase the number of medical seats?
Prof. Tariq Mansoor: India has 48 doctors per 100,000 persons, which is far fewer than in developed nations. There is a wide urban-rural gap in the availability of medical services. This inequity should be addressed on a war footing. Increasing seats is one solution. But there should be concurrent increase in teachers so that justice may be done to the students. More medical colleges are also needed, especially in the rural hinterlands.
Careers360: What are the latest technologies that will dominate medical domain?
Prof. Tariq Mansoor: Stem-cell Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, Robotic “Flight Simulator” Surgery, Hybrid Operating Rooms, Artificial Retinas, remote patient monitoring, electronic clothing preventing bedsores, health informatics are the technologies that will dominate the medical domain.
Microchips Modeling Clinical Trials, wearable technology like Google Glass, 3D Printed Biological Materials and Opto-genetics are the cutting edge technologies of the near future.
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