Our society has failed itself to develop a robust system of choosing and nurturing good doctors and therefore itself responsible for decline in standards of medical profession. Therefore the quality of doctors who survive and flourish in such system will be a natural consequence of how society chooses and nurtures the best for themselves.
A complicated admission process of NEET counselling has spawned a micro industry of medical education counsellors- nothing more than mediators and touts.
Imagine, an opportunity is available to a patient, to decide the doctor as based on his route or marks for entry into medical college. Whether patient will like to get treated by a doctor, who secured 20% marks, 30 % marks or 60% marks or 80% marks for medical college. Even an illiterate person can answer that well. But strangely for selection of doctors, rules were framed so as to dilute the merit to the minimum possible. What is the need to dilute and shortlist around half a million for few thousand seats? Answer to that is simple. To select and find only those students from millions, who can pay millions to become doctors?
Doctors are just as offshoots of a tree called as society. They essentially are the same as rest of the society. It is a specialized branch of tree which helps other offshoots of tree to save others. As part of same tree, they resemble the parent society, of which they are part. Society needs to choose and nurture a force of doctors carefully with an aim to combat for safety of its own people.
Exorbitantly expensive medical education and lowered merit has hollowed the quality of doctors like termite. Aspiring doctors are now forced to pay exorbitant fee, in millions. Many go under heavy debt to pay medical colleges fee. Children with lower ranks in merit pay millions and can become doctors. The real problem here is that real deserving will be left out.
Medical students from the very onset, are victims and witness to these practices and exploitation. They see their parents pay this unreasonable fee through their noses or take loans. Such blatant injustice will have an everlasting effect on the young impressionable minds.
The paradox- Society and armchair preachers give doctors lessons about corruption and exploitation.
Medical admission season sees flood of legal cases
Mumbai TIMES OF INDIA: Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, while speaking at a recent event in a Delhi hospital, called for reforms in medical education, referring to the sheer volume of cases that have made their way to the Supreme Court. It is no exaggeration, as the Directorate of General of Health Services’ Medical Counselling Committee (MCC), under the umbrella body of the union ministry of health and family welfare, alone has to deal with nearly 400 cases every year. From high courts to the apex court, the admission season is marred by litigation, from students aspiring to be doctors to doctors aspiring to be specialists and super-specialists. Sometimes, there are other stakeholders too and the stakes are indeed high. The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate courses, for instance. In the past four years, the number of MBBS aspirants registering for the test rose almost by 25%. Around 17.6 lakh students appeared for NEET-UG in 2022 —the highest for any competitive exam. On the contrary, the number of aspirants for engineering (registering for JEE-Main) dropped in the corresponding four years—from 11.5 lakh in 2019 to 9.05 lakh in 2022. If one takes into account the direct ratio of students to medical seats, 33 are vying for a single seat in a government college. It is further skewed if one considers the pool of seats in each category. The number of seats shrink at PG level. “The competition is fierce for students in the lower rank bracket. Eligibility issues are also a concern in lawsuits. There is a lot of emphasis on students bagging a PG degree, from parents, even colleges.
More students going for higher studies give colleges brownie points in the accreditation process. There is a general sense of feeling that only an MBBS degree is of no consequence. After all of it, if students lose their seat over a technical point, they will prefer moving court over losing a year, he said. Even as thousands of students appear for their NEET-PG today, courts saw several litigation seeking postponement of the exam till last week. “There is no uniformity in the schedule followed by different states, even as there is one central exam for all. Students have to mandatorily complete their internship to be eligible for a PG seat, but the internship deadline in states differ. What is the point of completing the exam in March and waiting till July for the counselling round? Such policy decisions are not student-friendly, and therefore are met with opposition,” said parent representative. Former member (board of governor), erstwhile Medical Council of India and dean (projects) at Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr Kailash Sharma, said clarity from National Medical Commission, from MCC, government of India, is expected. “Similar cases in lower courts should be bundled and heard by the apex court that will also reduce time on each case,” said Sharma. Meanwhile, a complicated admission process has spawned a micro industry of medical education counsellors. The process is complicated for an 18-year old to manage on his own.
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