Lage raho – Continue despite disappointments
Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr Tejinder Singh, Vice Principal Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.
Dr Tejinder Singh has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2010 under the category of 'Eminent Medical Person'
How does it feel being conferred one of the most prestigious awards in the medical field?
It is a great feeling and honestly, I have still not been able to internalize the feeling that I am getting it. It was a dream and I am glad that the dream has come true.
Tell us about your journey so far.
One essay competition in 1982 on the subject 'Education and training for making a good family physician' brought me into this field. Like the proverbial 10-year-old who went to buy a book on How to rear children, to see if he was reared properly, this essay provided me with a vivid comparison on what should be and what is. Since then, I have been involved with medical education, especially faculty development and student assessment. Establishment of a MEU at CMC Ludhiana, the first in north India was another small step but made us think big.
The real big opportunities came in the form of FAIMER Regional institute, which I helped to set up as founder Director. Eleven years down the line, I can look back with satisfaction of having contributed to improving the quality of education in India. Another 3 years later, MCI came out with the idea of a nation-wide faculty development program in 2014, and a Fellowship program in 2012. I was appointed as the National Convener for the same. Both these added to my outreach.
Medical teachers in this country are limited by lack of opportunities for educational training rather than anything else. I am happy to make a small contribution to this.