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16th August, 2017
Should a learning curve be allowed in medical education today?
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
For a doctor, it's not enough to just know facts; application of that knowledge into clinical skills is even more important. Traditionally, medical students have relied on acquiring these skills by learning on real patients during their clinical postings as undergraduates and then as part of postgraduate training.
 
In this hands-on, often experimental, way of learning, raises ethical and legal concerns.
 
Mistakes are bound to occur during the learning process. We learn from our mistakes more than our successes. But patients today are empowered and enlightened. They are unwilling to accept this experimentation on their body. Primum non cere - "above all, do no harm" is fundamental to the practice of medicine.
 
We do cadaveric dissections to learn anatomy. But, surgical procedures are learned on live cases. When we learn something new, performance improves with experience...as also with a surgical procedure, where complication rates depend on the experience of a surgeon. There is therefore a learning curve.
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New Delhi, 15 August 2017: Statistics indicate that about 1,34,200 children, mostly under the age of five years, died due to measles around the world in the year 2015. In India, it killed 49,200 children. As per the IMA, measles is a deadly disease and one of the main causes behind child mortality in the country. Eliminating measles will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal's target 3.2, which aims to end preventable deaths of children under 5 years by 2030.
 
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