Learning in medical colleges: then and now (in RHiME)

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Satendra Singh

Aug 15, 2014, 4:08:07 AM8/15/14
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Dear Friends,

Sharing with you all an interesting perspective by Dr Sunil Pandya. 

Learning in medical colleges: then and now (in RHiME)

Great changes have taken place in medical education in India over the past 50 years. In the medical colleges of yesteryears, pioneers and inspiring teachers made the study and practice of medicine meaningful. The competition for post-graduate studies was far less intense and students spent substantial time in the wards, and with patients. 
In contrast, the intense struggle to enroll in desired specialties has resulted in great importance being placed on the development of short-term memory. Deeper understanding of the subject is given short shrift. The implications of these trends on patient care are obvious.  Students are not exposed to the humanities for “want of time” due to massive syllabi and this in turn leads to physicians who are trained with very little or no exposure to the discussion of human suffering that accompanies disease.

​The full article is available here.​

You will be delighted to know that we have received many submissions for the Journal; while some were inappropriate for a journal such as RHiME, our reviewers found favor with several. We are still in the process of approving and uploading, but I would love for you to have a look at what is up so far.

The PDFs will be up shortly, and we are applying for an ISSN number in a day or so.

Thank you so much for all the advice and encouragement.

Warm regards 


Dr Satendra Singh


Assistant Professor of Physiology

Associate Editor,

Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME)

Medical Education Unit | Coordinator, Enabling Unit | 

University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi, India

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