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Dr. Sundeep Mishra: A Revamp Of Medical Curriculum

Literature and philosophy must be included to ensure overall development
Dr.Sundeep Mishra, Professor of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi,Editor-Indian Heart Journal on New Approach towards Medical Education
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Dr. Sundeep Mishra

Professor of Cardiology, Editor-Indian Heart Journal

AIIMS, New Delhi


Discussing shortcomings of the standard medical curriculum, Dr. Sundeep Mishra says, “Our medical curriculum trains doctors to disconnect with emotions. But if you ignore emotions, you ignore the human being component and treat a patient like a machine.” “The focus of medicine must shift from preventing death to a more holistic approach, in which, you give the patient support and emotional comfort, so that he is in a better position to deal with the pain or even death, as in case of terminally-ill cancer patients.” “Paradoxically, Suicide rates are the highest in the medical profession,” he points out and says, “Studying or working for 14-15 hours a day over 10-15 years to build a medical profession isolates the student from his family and disconnects him from the society.” “Some literature and philosophy must be included to ensure overall development in sync with the society,” he adds. Dr. Mishra talks about ‘A Clockwork Orange’, a movie in which a criminal becomes more receptive to the violence in the society and transforms as a result of watching grotesque images and graphics. “Similar movies must be shown to medical students to sensitize them. The more they understand the pain and suffering of a patient, the better care they can provide.” “Doctors cannot give you immortality, they can only take care of discomfort and prolong life to some extent,” Dr. Sundeep highlights increasing cases of doctors being beaten up by relatives of lost patients. Attributing this violence to the changing doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Sundeep Mishra says, “Initially, the doctor-patient relation was like that of a parent and a child. A Child knows that a parent’s decision would be for the best. But now, this relation has turned into a client-vendor like contract.” “In this era of communication, doctors need to effectively communicate risks of side effects and mishaps. Since patients like to be informed, they can be given literature to read, so that they themselves reach the same conclusion as the doctor suggested.” Even if a doctor has been negligent, Dr. Sundeep says, “People must approach the court of law instead of taking authority in their hands.”


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Could handheld echocardiography replace a stethoscope?

Dr. Hardeep Kaur

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Dr. Hardeep Kaur

Consultant clinical and preventive cardiology

Medanta, The Medicity


Handheld echocardiography cannot really replace a stethoscope but it can definitely help in an emergency for ruling in and ruling out cardiac involvement. Therefore, helps in quick clinical decision making and also reduces the chances of doing unnecessary tests.


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Recent Advances in Echocardiography and their impact on clinical practice

Dr. Navin C Nanda

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Dr. Navin C Nanda

Director of Echocardiography

University of Alabama, USA



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Echo with telemedicine creates a multiple effect

CAD affects 10%of our population over 40 years

Dr. Sameer Srivastava

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Dr. Sameer Srivastava

Head of Non-invasive Cardiology

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi



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