Even though there are over 50,000 medical graduates passing out from 425 medical colleges in India every year, there is still a huge shortage. According to WHO, there will be a huge global shortage of trained and competent doctors by 2020 and India will be one of the four countries that can meet this shortage, said Dr.Vedprakash Mishra, chairman, Academic Committee, Medical Council of India (MCI).
He said Indian medical graduates should equip themselves to become international medical graduates and be globally competent. He commented that there should be a standard, uniform and competency based medical education across India to deliver the constitutional mandate of equitable access to healthcare. Dr. Mishra was speaking at the national conference on pediatric education at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai organised in association with the Indian Academy of Paediatricians. According to him, a trained and skilled manpower source is needed to ensure a competent delivery system of healthcare to the poor and the weaker sections.
Stressing the need to fill the wide gap between medical education and the huge expectations from patients, Dr.Mishra said competence should be accompanied by confidence, concern and compassion. This requires clinical reasoning and technical skills that have to come out of a standard, uniform and competency based medical education. Medical education should therefore become continuous medical education. There is also need for a national accreditation board & development grant for medical education, academic autonomy and well trained, equipped and updated full time faculty.
Dr. JSN Murthy, vice chancellor, Dr. K.V. Somasundaram, dean of faculties, Dr. P. V. Vijayaraghavan, dean, education, Dr. S. Anandan, dean, Medical College, Dr. P. Ramachandran, HOD, pediatrics and Dr. T. Muthusamy, president, Chennai Chapter of the Indian Academy of Pediatricians were among those who participated in the event.