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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153

Training of a urology resident

Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamilnadu, India

Date of Web Publication24-Jun-2009

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Nitin S Kekre
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamilnadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.52903

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Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.

Will Durant.

Every 1 out of 5 doctors in the world is an Indian. India's healthcare industry is worth US$ 17 billion and is expected to grow by 13% annually over the next 6 years. There will be ever growing demand for medical professionals. Medical graduates from India are not recognized at par with their counterparts in the developed world. They need to undergo either re-examination or re-accreditation United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) / PLAB to prove their credentials and this continues despite the fact that a significant number of Indian doctors overseas have made a good name for themselves.

This paradox exists because of extreme degree of variation in the standard of medical education in India. It is not only that our qualifications are not respected outside India but we have the same problems within our country. Lack of uniformity in education in general makes mockery of any qualifications. In medical practice, it is the quality of exposure and experience which would make a young medical graduate a successful clinician. As remarked by a senior surgeon, "Today you have many with the degree of Masters in Surgery who cannot even perform a safe hernia operation". The same is true for post doctoral courses like MCh / DNB's in super specialities. To quote British Physician Thomas Sydenham who stated that "The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise." It's high time for the authorities responsible for post doctoral medical education and training to take note and take steps to ensure that we achieve minimum basic minimum standards all over the country, people involved in medical training need to take sincere steps to ensure that we achieve the basic minimum standards all over the country irrespective of the title of the degree and name of university or a board, state, etc.

With this objective, I requested Prof. Mahendra Bhandari, who has been an eminent Urologist and a post-graduate teacher and ex- Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow Medical University, to guest edit a symposium on "Training of a Urology Resident". I am indebted to Dr. Bhandari and his team for agreeing to my request and putting a wonderful document together. The idea is to audit our training and compare it with the best in the world and then hopefully come up with concrete suggestions to improve the standard of urological training in India. I am optimistic that the Urological Society of India will be able to play a major role in restructuring urological education.

The Indian Journal of Urology (IJU) has been approved for PubMed Central and will be searchable through PubMed. This will improve the visibility of the articles published in IJU and also increase the citation of IJU articles. This hopefully would enhance the impact factor. We sincerely hope that IJU now will attract more quality articles from both within and outside India.

The Indian Journal of Urology under the aegis of USI is organizing its first workshop on "Medical Writing" at Lucknow. I am sure all of you would have received the information brochure. Dr. Anil Mandhani is the Organizing Secretary and those of you who are interested should contact him for further details.

With best wishes.

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