|Spreading wings |
July 29: Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is planning to introduce post-graduate medical courses in the multi-specialty disciplines of nephrology, haematology and tuberculosis and chest diseases. This will allow the medical college to have its own team of super-specialists to provide advanced medical care to patients.
GMCH authorities have already applied for it with the Medical Council of India (MCI).
At present, the departments of haematology, nephrology as well as tuberculosis and chest diseases handle a large number of patients on a daily basis but there is a need for more specialists in these disciplines.
In the absence of these post-graduate courses, interested students have to go outside to pursue higher education in medicine.
“We are planning to start post-graduate medical courses in haematology, nephrology as well as tuberculosis and chest diseases and have already applied for approval to the MCI. If this is approved, then two post-graduate seats in each of these disciplines will be introduced. However, selection to such post-graduate courses is conducted at the national level and medical students from across the country can apply for them,” said GMCH principal Kabul Chandra Saikia.
“Introducing super-specialty medical courses will definitely prove beneficial for the medical college. This will ensure that more resident doctors are available to take care of the patients. While these courses will be open to medical students from across the country, it will be good if medical students from our medical college qualify for these seats as this will ensure that they will continue to work here and need not go outside the state. We will have more super-specialists in the state. Development in the medical infrastructure relating to these disciplines will also take place after introduction of these courses,” said Anup Kr Barman, head of the department of nephrology of GMCH.
“We receive a lot of patients suffering from kidney ailments, blood-related diseases, tuberculosis and chest diseases. Doctors in these three departments have successfully treated several such patients. The same line of treatment will be followed to treat patients even after the introduction of these courses. But we will definitely have more trained manpower to take care of patients. Besides, we also have qualified and experienced faculty members to conduct these super-specialty courses,” Saikia said.