Chennai: The state-run medical colleges in Tamil Nadu are facing a 30 per cent shortage of teachers in anatomy. It’s worse in forensic medicine, with the 17 government medical colleges having only half the number of teachers they need.
“In some colleges in the south, students learn from specialists of other departments or learn by rote from textbooks,” according to a senior professor of anatomy. There is no teacher for forensic medicine in Government Medical College, Thanjavur, and Government Medical College, Trichy, he said.
Senior doctors suggest that MCI should relax the rules and increase the number of postgraduate seats as a long-term plan to increase the number of professionals from which teachers can be drawn. As a short-term measure, they say, MCI should permit qualified teachers of other medical subjects to teach anatomy and forensic medicine.
“Professors of general surgery, who are well trained in human anatomy, should be allowed to teach anatomy and professors of pathology should be allowed to teach forensic medicine,” said Dr S Vinayagam, former director of medical education. “We have raised this point several times with the MCI, but it has never been open to the idea.” [Source: ToI]