Dr. Girish Kumar Singh, Director of AIIMS Patna in an interview with Careers360, points out deficiencies in India’s medical education system and shares its remedial measures. In this interview, the AIIMS Patna Director also expresses his concern over diluting AIIMS quality.
Dr. Singh, during the conversation also shares his mind over importance of technology in delivering healthcare services. He also talks on medical research methodology besides increasing the number of medical seats across colleges in the country. Read the interview to know the initiatives that Dr. Singh has taken to improve AIIMS Patna.
Careers360: Is our medical education system equipped to meet the healthcare needs of the nation? What is the most glaring deficiency that we face?Dr. Girish Singh: The healthcare sector in India is grossly insufficient, and the traditional system has to change as these are not going to cater to the health of the people. So the first thing should be to how to educate the common man to take care of his own health and that of others. We should be able to make courses, which are easily accessible, we have to also understand national healthcare programmes and implement them. We have to encourage use of telemedicine. It's important that early detection of the problem has to be encouraged.
Careers360: Will opening a number of AIIMS-like institutions in different parts of the country dilute their quality?Dr. Girish Singh: We need more number of AIIMS as it is extremely important, people have faith in AIIMS, but first it is important to run the five AIIMS that have been opened so far and then open more institutions. An AIIMS should come up like a seed, first a seed is sown and then it grows to become a tree, it is not like you manufacture something in a factory and put it in market. AIIMS is not a building, opening more number of AIIMS will dilute their quality.
Dr. Girish Kumar Singh, Director, AIIMS Patna
An AIIMS should come up like a seed, first a seed is sown and then it grows to become a tree, it is not like you manufacture something in a factory and put it in market. AIIMS is not a building, opening more number of AIIMS will dilute their quality.
Careers360: As the Director, what initiatives have you taken at AIIMS Patna to make it better?
Dr. Girish Singh: Motto of our AIIMS is to provide healthcare to the last man in the queue and we are working towards that goal. AIIMS Patna works beyond its boundary which neither any AIIMS nor any other hospital does. You need to go to any hospital to get treatment but we have started ‘Chatissa Program’ through which a common man can consult us through telemedicine and so far there are 3500 of them in Bihar only, there are some in eastern UP, Nepal. A lot of money of the common man is being saved through this.
Careers360: How do you look at the role of technology in delivery of healthcare services?
Dr. Girish Singh: It is a time of marriage between technology and medicine, IT and medicine; there are close to 1 crore mobile phones in the country and are advantageous. If we are able to tap it, we will be able to offer advice to huge population over phone. All these tools can be used to offer education, for capacity building. We have come with a Health Card, which has a QR code in it. If a person having this card is found unconscious in any part of the country, once somebody scans this QR code his or her history will be available on AIIMS website. The nearest ambulance will pick up the patient from wherever location and treatment will begin immediately. Any person can get this card.
Careers360: Are the existing number of medical seats sufficient to meet the demand? Is there a need to increase the number of medical seats?Dr. Girish Singh: Medical education has already suffered a lot and if you want to produce poor quality doctors then you over burden the existing colleges with lots of students. It is not important to increase doctors, it is important to increase the role of common man in taking care of his own health.
Careers360: Research has taken a backseat at most of the medical colleges in the country. How can research be improved in these institutions?Dr. Girish Singh: In medical education research methodology has to become an important component for decision-making. You should not say what should happen; you should always be able to say this did happen so that there is a paradigm shift in the direction of healthcare, medical practice and education.
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AIIMS Bhopal hostel facilities:
Hostels for men and women medical and nursing students are situated within the campus. The hostels have a running mess serving 4 meals a day. There is a common room on each floor which is fitted with television and has internet facility through wi-fi. Hostels are equipped with indoor games facilities. To facilitate outdoor games like cricket and volleyball, surrounding land has been readied. The hostels have round the clock security.
AIIMS Patna hostel facilities:
The hostel facility is excellent here with single rooms being allowed to each student , high speed free Wi-Fi service , lift in the hostels and a common TV room on each floor . Each room is provided with a bed with mattress , a chair and table and a almirah making it totally perfect. The hostel also has close proximate indoor and outdoor sports fields. The mess food is nutritious and tastes average but you could visit Canteen for desired food items.
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Hey Gautam! All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Patna also known as Jayaprakash Narayan All India Institute of Medical Sciences is a medical college based in Patna. Hon’ble Ex-Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to have 6 AIIMS as a vision to provide the state with the most modern healthcare at an affordable cost. There is no specified date announced by AIIMS Patna officials but it must start from second week of August.
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