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Comment on “Improving knowledge and awareness regarding rheumatology at the undergraduate level in Indian Medical Colleges”
Subramanian Nallasivan1, Yuva Vishalini2, Abirami Manivannan2
1 Department of Medicine and Rheumatology, Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Medicine, Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
D142, 6th Cross Street, Maharajanagar, Tirunelveli - 627 011, Tamil Nadu
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Nallasivan S, Vishalini Y, Manivannan A. Comment on “Improving knowledge and awareness regarding rheumatology at the undergraduate level in Indian Medical Colleges”. Indian J Rheumatol [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2019 Jun 16]. Available from: http://www.indianjrheumatol.com/preprintarticle.asp?id=259317
I read with great interest the editorial on “Improving Knowledge and Awareness Regarding Rheumatology at the Undergraduate Level in Indian Medical Colleges” by Pangtey et al. It clearly establishes the deficiencies in undergraduate (UG) curriculum, teaching methods, and competencies required to be a full-fledged doctor. Rheumatic diseases are so complex that it has been difficult to focus by physicians and allied specialties. There has been an increase in the number of patients with rheumatological diseases in India recently. Hence, it is imperative for more integrated teaching at all levels of health profession.
As rheumatologists, we do have a large role to play undoubtedly. I agree with the authors about the measures to improve the education and knowledge among the UG and postgraduate (PG) students. I wish to quote from my own experience in Velammal Medical College, Madurai. Our UG students are doing short-term studies in rheumatology and have presented in Autoimmunity Congress in Leipzig, APLAR in Dubai,, EULAR in London, and Lupus Congress in Italy. I also teach rheumatology topics and organize CME annually for the faculty and students. In order to raise awareness among the students, we also organize special events, quiz, and seminars by students on World Arthritis Day, Lupus Day, and Osteoporosis Day.
We as rheumatologists also have to redouble our efforts in widening our remit in engaging the students and PGs in seminars, writing up case reports, and even applying for Indian Council of Medical Research-supported studies. I fully subscribe to the view that medical curriculum needs to change and bring focus on practical issues while dealing with patients and not overburdened with innumerable facts.
PG training in rheumatology needs newer approach and an integrated curriculum across India adapted to our nation, which will add accreditation to rheumatology training, as highlighted by Polka et al. The Indian Rheumatology Association should work with the Medical Council of India and universities to prepare the curricula across different regions of India.
In addition, we feel that we need to raise awareness among physicians and orthopedic surgeons who deal with rheumatology problems more than the rheumatologists. The national and state conferences by their respective societies may be used to highlight issues in managing the rheumatology patients and also arrange case-based teaching and learning with reflective practice.
We wish to differ in the mention of new Indian health-care system which proposes to focus on integrating Ayurvedic, Siddha, and other systems of Indian medicine with Allopathy. This will have devastating consequences on modern medical care, and all need to be recognized and supported in their own way and not resulting in duplication.
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