The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Pune will now not just be limited to practising doctors. They are roping in resident doctors and other medical students as well.
These medical students will get a chance to observe their senior doctors working. The students will be working with practising doctors of the IMA. The Pune IMA doctors will also teach communication skills to these doctors.
According to IMA officials, the purpose is to make these doctors aware of IMA’s different programmes, and vision. The students will get help in the form of academic books from the IMA.
Moreover, the senior doctors will help them in paper presentation related work. The work has already started by including students from BJ Medical College, DY Patil Medical College, Bharati Vidyapith Medical College, and MIMER Medical College.
Dr Sanjay Patil, President of IMA Pune, said, “We have decided not to limit IMA Pune branch only for practicing doctors. The purpose is to help the medical students get trained by the senior IMA members. Also, IMA members will teach them communication skills, which will help in making them competent to handle any violent attacks. With increasing doctor-patient conflict, this will be a helping hand for them.”
Dr Jayant Navrage, Past President of IMA Pune, said, “Academic knowledge, and what is required to practice has a gap, and we are working to breach that gap. Also, to start a new hospital, you need to know many things, we will impart this knowledge to the students. Also, for poor students, we would provide books free of cost.”
“Many medical students commit suicide due to the medical course being stressful. We want to make medical students aware of IMA helpline. Also, violence prevention and combating will be ensured,” he added.