Medical College Director Interview: Educate common man for healthy living, says AIIMS Patna Director
Abhay Anand, 28 Jun 2016, #AIIMS Patna

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 of AIIMS PatnaDr. Girish Kumar Singh,

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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