Medical College Director Interview: Reaching out to grassroots is imperative for medical professionals, says RPGMC Principal

Careers360 interviewed Dr. Anil Chauhan who is currently serving as Principal at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra at Tanda. In this interview, Dr. Chauhan, who also holds the position of Dean at Medical Sciences, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla shares his views on research in medical science. He also talks about the need to reach-out to grassroots level.

Read this interview, the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt. Medical College Principal speaks on importance of family medicine as a subject.


Careers360: Your views on research in medical science?
Dr. Anil Chauhan: The last decade has witnessed sea changes in the number of graduate and postgraduate medical seats. The number of medical colleges, health facilities and number of beds has increased significantly. The Medical Council of India (MCI) is trying to shift the focus to evidence-based medicine and is encouraging research by medical professionals by making it compulsory for them. We need research because most of our data is adapted from research conducted in the West. The number of clinical trials has multiplied in the last decade but that is not strictly research. Nevertheless, we have started our journey and are moving ahead in the right direction. The impetus for research has further gained momentum with the establishment of Multi-Disciplinary research Units (MRU), Advanced Viral Diagnostic Research Laboratories (VDRL) and Model Rural Health Research Units (MRHRU) in most states by the Department of Health Research, Government of India.


Careers360: How do you reach out to grass-roots level?
Dr. Anil Chauhan: As our institute is situated in a rural area, all our activities are centred around and benefit the rural population directly as well as indirectly.  We are providing 24-hour tele ECG support to the peripheral hospitals of the district through a toll free number, which has reduced treatment time for victims of heart attacks to less than four hours. A number of outreach, multi-speciality camps have been organized at peripheral, far to reach, and tribal areas of the state to provide free services in medicine, paediatrics, dermatology, radiology, surgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, and obstetrics & gynaecology by specialist teams.


Careers360: What is the relevance of family medicine as a subject?
Dr. Anil Chauhan: Family medicine is a course for a comprehensive service delivery at the family level that can be run by the Department of Community Medicine with the support of departments of Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Surgery. The course should be offered to all medical personnel and tailored to their capacities. Family medicine experts should be posted at the Primary Health Centers for providing comprehensive health services. It is a course that will provide solutions to the day-to-day healthcare needs of the people.


Careers360: How do you contribute to the state's healthcare mission?
Dr. Anil Chauhan: Our medical college provides out-patient and in-patients services to more than half the population of the state. A tele-stroke project for the early treatment of stroke (brain attack) patients developed under the guidance of Prof M.V. Padma of AIIMS, New Delhi by the neurologists of IGMC, Shimla along with our neurologists was given the Best Innovative e-Health Award, 2016.

A 24-hour toll free tele-ECG helpline funded by the ICMR to assist rural doctors for the immediate diagnosis and treatment of heart attack patients after telephonic consultation was also started.


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