Info About Education in India


    Education in India


    Medical Education

    Medical Education in India - Problems and Prospects


    Another issue which should draw attention is the issue of selection of students. The selection of students for medical courses has been based on the marks obtained by students on an MCQs test whose validity is highly doubtful and which are usually directed towards testing of mere recall of facts. The humanistic approach, attitudes, and communication skills which form essential traits of any health professional are hardly assessed. This issue was recently deliberated by the MCI. It was recommended that merit in the board examinations or competitive tests should be combined with an aptitude test so as to form the criteria for selection tests. However, because of non-availability of appropriate objective instruments for testing aptitude in large number of students, this could be tried-out in some selected medical colleges before large - scale implementation.

    The teacher is the corner-stone for any system of education. Appropriate method of selection and adequate training in the techniques of teaching would go a long way in improving the quality of teaching. Unfortunately, teacher training is perhaps the most vulnerable of issues in medical education. The teacher's performance is taken for granted and his or her competence in teaching is never questioned. With the phenomenal changes in educational and information technology, the role of teacher has undergone dramatic changes. He/she is expected to possess skills and abilities to plan the curriculum, make rational use of the media technology and design an assessment strategy. This is possible only through a systematic approach to faculty development. As suggested by MCI, the development of medical education units in all medical colleges will go a long way in the development of teaching skills amongst their faculty. In most of our medical colleges, although junior and senior resident doctors are required to undergo teaching experience as part of their academic work, seldom does any formal training accompany this experience. While training forms an essential requirement, it is also necessary to provide academic recognition to the teachers for their contribution to teaching. Otherwise, teaching will be overtaken by the priorities of research and patient care. It is important to encourage and reward teachers who show a flair for teaching and adopt innovative teaching methods. The role of patient care in teaching hospitals needs to be emphasised. .....continued.....