|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 113
MB Aswath Narayanan
President, IAPHD, Mathuram, Plot No. 161, Door No. 5, Murugu Nagar, 5th Street, Velachery, Chennai - 600 042, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Web Publication||13-Jun-2017|
M B Aswath Narayanan
President, IAPHD, Mathuram, Plot No. 161, Door No. 5, Murugu Nagar, 5th Street, Velachery, Chennai - 600 042, Tamil Nadu
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Aswath Narayanan M B. President's message. J Indian Assoc Public Health Dent 2017;15:113
There is a sea change happening the way Medical Education and Practice is being carried out in our country. Without doubt, this is going to have far reaching consequence for future generations of physicians.
There was a time when the District Collector (DC) went on leave, the District Medical Officer was given charge to run the District even above the District Superintendent of Police (DSP). Where does the “Doctor” stand today?? The talking of physicians in derogatory terms and constant assaults has been the outcome of losing credibility among the masses and the respect commanded earlier.
Changes are required to make a course correction. Let's see…
Regarding the introduction of NEET as a common entrance examination for entry into all the undergraduate medical/dental colleges - both government and private/deemed, and more importantly, a uniform common counseling in all states has made sure that there is a minimum quality to the undergraduates joining the medical profession.
The need to take NEET again as an eligibility cum entrance test (for council registration) to create uniformity of outcome values on completion of the undergraduate curriculum and also for entry into postgraduate medical education too, will definitely create some good minimum standards. Here, again, a uniform common counseling pattern has helped raise the bar.
The standardized screening tests for students returning with foreign degrees, conducted by the Medical/Dental Councils of India (MCI/DCI), make sure that only those with rigorous academic standards pass the threshold and enter into practice.
The updated MCI/DCI regulations, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the Indian Public Health Standards, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers have slowly changed the way Medical Institutions and practice is viewed today.
The National Health Mission-Rural and Urban is well poised to take healthcare delivery to the doorstep of every Indian citizen.
One can only say that all the good Institutions will grow better and force the not so good ones to close shop.
The ultimate aim of the medical profession must be to “Eliminate the need of its own existence.”
Wishing you all everlasting health