Medical College Director Interview: Getting into coaching too early isn’t right, says Sharda University Medical College Dean
Aeshwarya Tiwari, 13 Jun 2016
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Careers360 interviews Dr. P. L. Kariholu, Dean of School of Medical Sciences and Research at Sharda University to bring you expert insights on improving teaching and learning in Indian medical education. In this interview, Dr. P.L. Kariholu speaks on doubling the number of PG seats besides growth opportunities in medical domain.

Dr. Karihole, who is also a member of Medical Council of India (MCI) shares focus areas of the council. Read this interview where the Sharda University medical college dean comments over students getting into coaching at very young age.


Careers360:How to improve teaching and learning in India?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu: Teaching can be improved by vertical and horizontal integration at each level. Only those doctors should be appointed as teachers who have passion and aptitude for teaching. Equal weightage should be given for teaching experience and research during recruitment as medical teachers. To attract best talent in medical teaching profession, jobs have to be made attractive by offering higher perks and providing funds for research as well as creating facilities for the same. Teachers should compulsorily attend medical education programmes and workshops to improve their teaching and professional skills.


Careers360: What should MCI focus on?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu:
Basic focus of MCI should be to lay emphasis on producing doctors who should be competent enough to treat common ailments. Emphasis needs to be laid on skill-based course, problem-based learning, and evidence-based medicine. At the same time, medical teachers need to be trained in medical education technology on a regular basis.


Careers360:Should students get into coaching at a very young age?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu: Such an approach adopted by students and their parents is not right. By adopting such an approach students will lose out on knowledge on basics and fundamentals.


Careers360:Growth opportunities in your domain?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu: There is tremendous potential in medical profession. There is shortage of doctors at every level namely, basic doctors, specialists, sub-specialists and medical teachers in our country especially in rural areas. In remote areas patients are at the mercy of untrained personnel.


Careers360:Is there a need to double the number of PG seats in the country? How can this be achieved?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu: Yes, there is an urgent need not only to double the number of postgraduate seats but also to increase undergraduate medical seats in our country if we want to provide satisfactory healthcare to the people. This can be achieved by starting postgraduate courses in all MCI-approved medical colleges.


Careers360:How can regional disparity in medical education dealt with?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu: The regional disparity of medical colleges in our country needs to be taken care of. It can be done by opening new medical colleges, by upgrading all district hospitals, especially in areas where there are no medical colleges. Thus, it will also improve medical care in those backward areas.


Careers360:Is there any other issue which needs attention?
Dr. P.L. Kariholu: There is an urgent need for stopping commercializing of medical treatment in our country and doctors should stick to ethical practice. Seventy per cent of our population lives in rural areas where only 30 per cent of our doctors work. Adequate facilities need to be provided in rural areas so that our fresh medical graduates get attracted to work in those areas. 


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