Careers360 interviews Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) Principal, Dr. Deepak Tempe, who talks on medical research in India. In this interview, the MAMC principal also talks about solving issue of rural health disparity besides learning opportunities in public hospitals.Dr. Deepak Tempe, in conversation with Careers360 also speaks on medical rackets in the country as he shares his views on winning public trust among doctors. Read the full interview below.
Dr. Deepak Tempe Principal-cum-Dean Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), Delhi
Careers360: Medical research in India is a long way off. Do you agree?Dr. Deepak Tempe: I think we can go a step higher, if the system supports us well. A good research is only possible if doctors get quality time to work on it. In our institutes, the doctors are overloaded with clinical care that they cannot think of anything beyond patients' care. For innovation to spring up, you really need good time for research. There is no curriculum or job profile that permits one day in a week or a month to devote for research. Despite challenges, MAMC has done some praiseworthy innovative work on no-scalpel vasectomy; the Balloon Valvotomy was pioneered from MAMC. The largest number of Balloon Valvotomy is performed at GB Pant Institute.
Careers360: Your take on medical racket in the country.Dr. Deepak Tempe: One should not get tempted to make money as the amount of money that one can earn in this profession is unlimited, but honestly money has a limited role in your life. The satisfaction of finding a patient recovering from your treatment is worth a million dollars. It shocks me to see how some doctors have the intention of making all the money in just one day!
Careers360: How does learning happen in public institute/hospitals?Dr. Deepak Tempe: In most good government hospitals you get an opportunity to treat diverse level of patients. Medical principles remain same for all. Unlike private doctors, I am never worried about how to gain more patients. In public level set-up, the in-flow of patients is in excess. You multi-task and value time well. The more you treat, the more you learn.
Careers360: Do you think the issue of rural health disparity could be solved if PG students are exposed to rigorous training in rural setting?Dr. Deepak Tempe: In my opinion, it is a good idea to rotate PG students for a year to rural centres. This will certainly expose them to different sets of population and their clinical problems. The grass-roots level health problems can be utilized for learning and training and further used for medical researches. However, the rural centre must be reasonably well equipped in terms of infrastructure and manpower so that such training can be provided to the PG students. This also includes a senior professional working there who can act as an adjunct faculty for the student.
Careers360: What are your views on public trust in doctors and other challenges?Dr. Deepak Tempe: The doctor-patient relationship is a major challenge in the medical field. Today doctors are struggling to restore the mutual trust and respect that used to exist between a doctor and a patient earlier. Healthcare is one of the most important needs of the society. Although needs are being fulfilled collectively by the government as well as corporate sector, the dismal situation of our country is that there are many hospitals with very basic or many times not even basic facilities with little manpower. My personal objective for MAMC is to produce a medical doctor, a teacher and researcher.
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