April 09, 2009

Teaching love for medicine

How do you attract more students to pursue medicine? Expose them to practical aspects of the field. That's what one of the city's premier hospitals believes.

Apollo Hospital at Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road has come up with a comprehensive medical education programme for Class 11 and 12 students. They will be given useful insights on the healthcare system in the country. The `Young Medical Explorers Programme' will commence on May 1.

The students will not only get a hands-on experience but also expert guidance from doctors.
"There are two objectives of this programme -- to rekindle interest in students, and highlight various career options available in healthcare such as hospital management, finance, etc. Students are more inclined to courses such as MBA. However, through this initiative, they will get a clear understanding of the medical field. They will also be trained on life-saving skills," Apollo Hospitals (Bangalore) medical services director Umesh Gupta told The Times of India.

The hospital has sent out details of the programme and brochures to all schools with the targeted classes. "We finalized on the concept after talking to school managements. We expect more to turn up for the programme because of the ongoing summer vacation," he added.

The hospital has chalked out a curriculum for the students, which includes compulsory as well as optional subjects. The course will be mainly practical. Compulsory subjects include visits to various wards and an operation theatre, radiology section, labour room, intensive care unit and a blood bank. Optional subjects are visits to dialysis, physiotherapy and outpatient departments.

The programme will have four sessions, with six hours per session. Students will be divided into small groups and the hospital's doctors will guide them on the various topics. The sessions will be held on Saturdays. Total number of students per batch is 25. At the end of the programme, the students will be given a certificate.

Acceptance of the application depends on recommendation from teachers or the principal. "If a school is not participating but an individual wants to, he/she has to get a letter from parents stating their approval," Gupta added.

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1 comment:

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