There has been an increase in the number of incidents about doctors getting attacked by patients being reported in the country. Keeping this in mind, a unique effort has started where special lessons are devised to teach young doctors on how to communicate with patients.
A special workshop was organised at Sassoon Hospital and B J Medical College, Pune on Friday, 22 September to teach students communication skills on how to deal patients.
This was a part of the state government’s program to teach medical students effective ways of communication. The state government is in coalition with the ‘Origin Foundation’, Thane has taken an initiative where such programs would be arranged in all the medical colleges in state.
Mumbai’s JJ Hospital and KEM Hospital have already arranged such programs.
Dr Sandeep Mane, founder president of ‘Origin Foundation’, who is voluntarily delivering these lectures to students, said, “Relationship between doctors and patients have unfortunately deteriorated and we need to start rebuilding this. Now, patients have become intelligent, they read up on Google and they want good services. Doctors should be transparent with their patients and should not hold back any facts.”
“In the workshop we create scenarios and asked doctors to react to a particular situation. Our education system focuses on knowledge and does not give these skills to our future doctors. But these young students want to learn them all and I am receiving a positive response from them,” he added.
Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean of B J Medical College, said, “We need to understand the western theory for doctor-patient relationship and should also incorporate it in our syllabus according to our needs. This will certainly benefit our students.”