'Not enough emphasis on research in Indian medical education'

  • Shobhan Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2015 21:48 IST

A doctor who has finished his medical education from Sion Hospital, in a piece in British Medical Journal (BMJ), has said that there is little attention paid to the importance of research in Indian medical education and questioned whether the Indian medical education is pessimistic about research altogether.

In his blog entry on BMJ, Dr Aditya J Nanavati wrote, “I was introduced to the world of research and publishing. Far from knowing it all, the more I explore this world, the more I realise that I should have been introduced to it much earlier.”

He argued that researching and publishing papers are made to seem like an elite practice and meant only for great physicians.

Incidentally, doctors who are alumni of same league of institutions agree to the views expressed by the Nanavati.

“It is by and large true that there is not enough emphasis or encouragement on research but it is not really something that is perceived as an elitist practice. However, we seldom do original research and are comfortable taking studies and data from the west and replicating it,” said Dr Vishwanath Billa, nephrologist.

Experts also maintained that there are some practical impediments too for doing research and publish papers.

Some of the key problems being funding, appropriate guidance and most of all time in a setting like India.

“While there are some unavoidable problems but that alone cannot be the reason for medical students to not take up research. A lot depends on interest and passion of those interested in researching and publishing papers,” said Dr Paresh Doshi, neurosurgeon at Jaslok Hospital.

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