Crass Commercialization and Corruption of the Indian Medical Education System and the Resultant Decay of the Indian Health Education in the Last Two Decades. a Case for Urgent International Review and Monitoring.

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Research Article Crass commercialization and corruption of the Indian medical education system and the resultant decay of the Indian Health Education in the last two decades. A case for urgent international review and monitoring. Deshpande Srinivas Ramachandra1, Deshpande-Naik Gayathree Srinivas2 Melmarvathur Adiparashakti Institute of Medical Sciences, Melmarvathur. Tamilnadu, India, Pin 603319 2 1

Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka, India, Pin 573201

Corresponding author: Dr Srinivas R Deshpande MD Associate Professor in Biochemistry, Melmarvathur Adiparashakti Institute of Medical Sciences, Melmarvathur. Tamilnadu, India, Pin 603319 E-mail: sriradesh1971@yahoo.com Bibliographic information of this paper for citing: Deshpande Srinivas Ramachandra & Deshpande-Naik Gayathree Srinivas. Crass commercialization and corruption of the Indian medical education system and the resultant decay of the Indian Health Education in the last two decades. A case for urgent international review and monitoring. Electron. Pysicician 2009, 1:9-16, Available at: http://www.ephysician.ir/2009/916.pdf Received: 16 July 2009 Accepted: 25 September 2009 Published: 30 October 2009 © 2009 Electron. Physician Indian medical education system has seen rapid growth in the last two decades. Private medical colleges now account for more than half of the 270 medical colleges in 2009. This unregulated unequal growth brings two issues to focus: the failing quality of medical education and implementing effective solutions to address an artificial faculty shortage due to faculty mal-distribution. The menace posed by the unfettered merchandisation of medical education has to be controlled and efforts should be made by the Government to ensure maintenance of standards and check the unplanned growth of substandard medical colleges and substandard education norms in universities or their constituent

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medical colleges. Since Indian Independence, MCI nor the University Grants Commission nor the constituent universities including the health sciences universities have never attempted to grade medical colleges as per their quality standards hence in the absence of health education quality standards, the student output from recent, hurriedly established recent science institutions is definitely substandard. There is a strong case for a review of the entire system of medical education and examinations in the country. Some solutions like increasing retirement ages of MD faculty to 70 years, sharing of faculty, increasing the total number of MD seats, allowing standard institutions like IIT’s to take over substandard colleges, allowing clinical MDs to teach para-clinical and pre-clinical subjects or temporary merger of specialties may address the widely publicized faculty shortage instead of relying on inadequately qualified MSc. nonmedical faculty.

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Keywords: Qualified Medical teacher, India, medical colleges, faculty shortage, Medical Council of India (MCI).Abbreviations DCI=Dental Council of India. MSc=Master of Science, IIT’s=Indian Institutes of Technology, DNB=Diplomate National Board, RGUHS=Rajiv Gandhi University of Health sciences INTRODUCTION Establishing a medical college requires a huge number of qualified, competent, medical council compliant manpower to produce quality doctors (1, 4, and 7). Having established a Medical College, maintaining the high standards of education to world acceptable levels with a vision to eradicate health scourges has been a concern of the Indian planning committees. Also, the good name a health care institution attains is due to the all-round accomplishments of its faculty and alumni. In that regard, proper emphasis on the quality of medical education ,in spite of the recent rapid proliferation of private medical colleges, has rightly been the working domain of...
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