IMA Pune designs first-of-its-kind medicolegal certification course for doctors

The current curriculum does not offer any dedicated course to medical students on medico-legal topics and future doctors start their practice with many ununderstandable areas related to it.  When medico legal cases are hampering doctor-patient relations, Indian Medical Association (IMA) Pune have come ahead to make doctors more aware on medicolegal issues

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In order to make doctors more competent and confident while handling patients, IMA Pune had recently organised a certification course on medico-legal issues. The branch has also compiled material on the topic which is available on demand to any practicing doctor or medical student.  The course will be organised by IMA Pune on its demand at any IMA centre or college.

In a two day certificate course which the branch had organised last month in Pune was attended by 65 doctors from different parts of the country.

Topics like medical negligence, medical ethics, MTP law, provisions related to medical practice in IPC and CrPC, details of procedures like bail, summons, warrant, arrest etc., record keeping of patients and hospital registration; were covered in the certification course.

Dr Jayant Navrange, chairman of medico-legal cell of IMA, Pune, said, “Section 304 and 304 (A) of IPC is about negligence leading to death. The only difference between the two is 304 (A) mentions a term ‘without intention’, which makes it bailable offence. But, police puts section 304 instead of 304(A), and doctors being unaware had to go through the entire ordeal.”

According to IMA, Pune officials, there is no such course being offered at any state government college in Maharashtra, neither any branch of IMA has designed such course.

The Pune branch has compiled all the study material digitally and in printed format, which is upgraded every month.

“Many times, it is not a fault of doctor. Just because the doctor is unaware about procedure or law, they become victim. Even medical colleges need to give such kind of certification to future doctors,” said Navrange.

Dr Dilip Walke, MD Gynaecologist from Pune, was one of the speaker for the workshop, who delivered a talk on the topic called ‘transfer of patients’. “It is important to have proper communication between the two hospitals and patient’s relatives when patient is transferred. We have also prepared a format of transfer note and documentation that should be done.”

During the course doctors are informed on how to answer a notice, how to deal with legal aspects of insurance and pharmaceutical sector and different rules and acts related to medical practice.

Doctors who attended the workshop said that while they knew things theoretically, it was necessary to have some practical orientation.