When a medical student passes the NEET exams they aspire to get an admission into the best medical colleges in Mumbai, but it is not possible for all medical students to meet this dream, due to limited seats in government medical colleges in the city. In order to avoid losing out on academic year the students then opt to secure admission in whichever government medical college across the state.
The students feel disappointed that they didn’t get admission in a college of their choice and feel deprived of a good quality education. Keeping this mind and to provide an equal learning platform for these students, and to help them access the best medical faculties and professors the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), has started a video conference state level lecture program.
Students from 16 medical colleges from Pune, Gondia, Akola, Wardha, Bhandara, and other areas will be able to participate in this video conference. The medical students will be taught by esteemed and eminent doctors from government and civic-run hospitals.
The state level lecture series has started from July 25 and a room has been rented at Airoli to serve as a centre to conduct the lectures.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Praveen Shingare, Director of the Directorate Medical Education and Research (DMER), said, “There are students who don’t get into a college of their choice and they feel like opting out of the institutes they secure admission is as they perceive that the institute can’t offer them a good faculty. In order to motivate them and encourage learning, we have started these state level lecture series, we have selected senior doctors and professor from Mumbai, Pune and other areas of Maharashtra, who can visit the Airoli centre and give lectures.”
He added, “These lectures will be held daily and the students will be priorly informed about the speaker and the subject they will be speaking about. Two lectures will take place daily and each lecture will last for 2 hours.”
Dr Avinash Supe, dean of Mumbai’s civic-run KEM Hospital, who delivered the first lecture, shared his experience, saying, “These lecture series will be very beneficial for these students. At one time a professor can teach around 2,000 students from the medical colleges. It was a good experience for me. It is also interactive as it allows students to ask questions after the lecture has ended.”