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Why rural medical officers’ training programmes should be urgently upgraded

Why rural medical officers’ training programmes should be urgently upgraded

Dr Soham D Bhaduri

There were two things to my dismay at the BEmOC (Basic Emergency Obstetric Care) training session for medical officers which I attended a couple of weeks ago. First was the thorough casualness and out and out lack of discipline with which the session was conducted — a feature common to most of such training programmes. more

Indian Medical Education — A Story of Negligence and Decline

Indian Medical Education — A Story of Negligence and Decline

Ankit Raj

“The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” — Benjamin Franklin more

Why can’t a doctor also be a lawyer?

Why can’t a doctor also be a lawyer?

Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Decades ago, as a young medical student, I used to hear anecdotal stories about a senior professor of internal medicine viz Dr K B Kunwar, who had decided to train as a lawyer still functioning as a medical professor and managed to procure the foremost honours in the second vocation with the Lucknow University. more

The Neglected Silver Generation of India

The Neglected Silver Generation of India

Ankit Raj

“Viewed as a whole, the problem of ageing is no problem at all. It is only the pessimistic way of looking at a great triumph of civilization.” — Frank Notestein more

Surrogacy Bill must direct screening of couples, surrogate mother

Surrogacy Bill must direct screening of couples, surrogate mother

Sonali Kusum

In view of the present case before the Family Court of Mumbai being adjudicated between an Iranian intending couple and an Indian surrogate mother where in the latter alleges that the intending father is not of good character and therefore refuses to hand over the custody of child given birth by her to the Iranian national. (PTI, 11th May 2017) more

Clinical Trials: How to get things right?

Clinical Trials: How to get things right?

Dr Kamal Mahawar

The issue of Clinical Trials in India has once again come to the fore with the government’s efforts to woo the mighty pharma industry. The Drug Controller General of India, Mr G N Singh, has been quoted as saying that India will soon roll out a new policy to facilitate clinical trials. It is hence important to understand what are we talking about and why we need to get it right. more

UCMS: The cradle of healing, learning & research in health sciences

UCMS: The cradle of healing, learning & research in health sciences

Prof S Dwivedi

The University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS, Delhi has been ranked by India Today as India’s fifth Best Medical College for the year 2017. The top four medical colleges are All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune; Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore; and Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi. more

Tedros Adhanom is new Director General of World Health Organization

Tedros Adhanom is new Director General of World Health Organization

Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

The World Health Assembly, 2017 on Tuesday elected Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia as the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to succeed Dr Margaret Chang. Let us extend our felicitations to him and hope that he leads us effectively through the turbulent times that lie ahead. more

New Director General of the World Health Organization

New Director General of the World Health Organization

Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

The 70th World Health Assembly is imminent and due to take place between the 22nd and 31st May this year. For those who are not familiar, this is the supreme decision making body of the World Health Organization. more

Hospital Violence – what is the way out?

Hospital Violence – what is the way out?

Dr P K Kohli, Advocate Roohi Kohli

Doctors are at the receiving end of this growing menace. Nobody comes to their rescue during such inhuman experiences. The society in general and the government, the courts and the media, for reasons best known to them, are indifferent and at times coercive. Safety and security of doctors does not appear to be their concern or responsibility. more