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Medical Education Needs Booster Dose

by Rajgopal Nidamboor(more info)

listed in clinical practice, originally published in issue 269 - March 2021


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What is the purpose of medical education, especially in today’s context – when it continues to struggle in the face of the Covid-19 tornado? The answer is simple  –  medical education must give aspiring physicians and, more importantly, teaching and practising professionals a sense of meaning. It must also inspire them for a purpose with a pragmatic, yet realistic, optimism. Any individual’s life would seem useful only when the world at large makes evocation. Inference: medical professionals need to be given that template, aside from their effusive, therapeutic purport.

Medical graduates, professionals and specialists, should essentially be accorded a sense of belonging  –  a feeling of connectivity to a cause without the element of rummaging delineation that belittles their job.


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This is primarily because any education which is not worth the scroll it is written upon cannot build communities, or care for them. Worse still, it won’t give any individual a sense of self-worth.

It’s tragic that medical education today lacks independent objective. Not many teachers inspire us anymore. Hence, what is being dished out as medical education, in its essence, is mere reverence and enslavement, not self-worth, or reliance. Result: you’ve a phalanx of fawning attitudes and dependent behaviours that supports hierarchical institutions.

This explains why medical colleges, in their growing numbers, are producing photo, not original, copies.

There’s also a stunning oddity in our new world of rapid and great change. Small wonder that our medical colleges and universities are becoming increasingly inappropriate, just as much as a motley band of apologists continues to tinker around with a system that, in certain settings, is archaic. This isn’t all. We don’t have a ‘scratch-card’ solution to such education-related illnesses yet.

Worse still, we’ve not given medical education the diversity it needs to evolve, grow and expand.

Diversity holds a vital prospect  –  because, it is multiplicity that heralds discussion. Add to it variance, and you’d stimulate interaction  –  a balanced framework of mutual understanding, especially when we are yearning for humanistic healthcare. Thus, our medical teaching institutions must be streamlined and kept to a realistic size. They must not be merely regulated as seats of knowledge, but elevated as gateways of continuing medical research that is in conformity with the groundwork of our epoch  – optimized teaching and ‘glocal’ learning.

Acknowledgement Citation

A version of this article appears in print on September 28, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

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  1. Tom said..

    Yes...independent objective. We are producing a medical community more inclined to be saturated by medical drug salesman masquerading as healing doctors. And it has only escalated with Covid where only certain statistics and methods are allowed. Objectivity is severely disallowed.

  2. Edwin Salter said..

    The words 'regulated' and 'hierarchical' chime with points in my Letter also in this issue. We could certainly do with some idealism - the common experience of GPs is now dismal indeed. A backlog of medical neglect threatens to match the harm of Covid itself.

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About Rajgopal Nidamboor

Rajgopal Nidamboor PhD FCCP M-CAM is a Board-Certified wellness physician, Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), Member of the Center of Applied Medicine (M-CAM), writer-editor, commentator, critic, columnist, author, and publisher. His special interests include natural health and wellness, mind-body/integrative medicine, nutritional medicine, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality. His focus areas also encompass contemporary research and dissemination of dependable information for people concerned about their health. He feels that it is increasingly gratifying to see most individuals, including physicians, thinking outside the box – especially in areas such as natural health, where the body knows best to heal itself from the inside out. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, Web articles, four books on natural health, two coffee-table books, a handful of E-books, a primer on therapeutics, and, most recently, Cricket Odyssey. He’s Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360, a mobile health application/platform, connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic, Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.  Rajgopal Nidamboor lives in Navi Mumbai, India. He may be contacted via 

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