Resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are protesting against the head of the gynaecology department for serving two mass memorandums to 10 junior doctors in a gap of four hours.
Dr Suneeta Mittal, head, gynaecology, had sent memos after receiving multiple complaints from students of her department blaming her for mass poor performance of residents in her department.
The memorandum read, "Directed to read the attached letter to verify the content and signature if they are your own." Junior doctors, who are pursuing their MD (Doctor of Medicine) in gynaecology, had earlier complained to AIIMS director Dr R.C. Deka and resident doctors' association (RDA) protesting mass poor pass rate in the MD examination, blaming Dr Mittal. "She is disinterested in teaching. She is always traveling and never in office to address our woes," said a student, unwilling to be quoted.
"On receiving no response from the Director's office, we took up the matter with the dean and Dr. Mittal together, suggesting changes in the training pattern. We also asked her to give her observations behind the poor performance in writing," said Dr. Debojyoti Karmakar, president, RDA.
"Angry with the complaint, she served two memorandums in a gap of four hours to the 10 complainants — the junior doctors. The third memo may mean expulsion," he said.
However, Dean Dr Rani Kumar said that these were routine memoranda and did not amount to any penalty.
"Only three of seven students failed to make it to pass mark, after which I received several sets of complaints from the students," said Dr Kumar.
"The mass failing is an exaggeration. Everyone can't pass every time. To hold one teacher responsible is completely wrong, as there is a panel of examiners," she said.
"The complaints were signed by 10 students on a plain sheet of paper, separate from the complaint,” said Dr Mittal. “The memorandum was issued only to identify if the signatures corresponded with the students'” Dr Mittal added.