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In computer age, do the medical professionals need formal training in computers?

Author: sidharth2008, Posted on Wednesday, January 21 @ 00:14:06 IST by RxPG  

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Computers basics and fundamentals are never taught to us at any level. All we learn or know is just by the methods of hit and trial or maybe from brothers/sisters/friends/acquaintances. The result is dependence on others to get small things done. Or paying hefty amounts for petty tasks! And we become slaves to persons who don’t even know the abc of our field (or maybe just duds who have gained scrambled knowledge).Ever wondered how nice it would be if we could just have applied medical computers as a subject in our Curriculum !!


• Medical profession demands being up to date and being able to present efficiently in front of others. It needs research on varied topics and (dissemination and assimilation of) authentic information. All this is simply impossible without using computers and internet.
• But Alas! Computers basics and fundamentals are never taught to us at any level. All we learn or know is just by the methods of hit and trial or maybe from brothers/sisters/friends/acquaintances. The result is dependence on others to get small things done. Or paying hefty amounts for petty tasks! And still the tasks/work done is not up to the mark. And for little changes in the results/project/thesis, we call a third person AGAIN!
• This hampers freedom of expression and restricts freedom of creativity/uniqueness/technicality. And we become slaves to persons who don’t even know the abc of our field (or maybe just duds who have gained scrambled knowledge).
Do You think that we , the medical professionals need professional training in computers?

In my opinion, an introductory and optional subject on "Computers in medicine" should be added to undergraduate curriculum at all levels so as to give just the right amount of computer knowledge to the budding future medical professionals. It would help us to compete in the modern day world with access to the data and latest info on our fingertips.

Just due to this computer knowledge, vast and lucrative fields like medical tourism, tele medicine, online CMEs, webinars etc are available for even the 'average' ones amongst us to be benefitted a lot.

Throughout my MBBS, I have been fortunate enough to have access to valuable resources and tips online. I could easily present seminars, group discussions etc due to my acquired abilities in computers. I used to have an (unfair!!) advantage over my peers all the time. But I have learnt it the hard way and I dont want my successors to do the same. This not only holds true for my seniors (who did their mbbs at least an year ago or even 20 yrs ago) but also for the younger lot (freshers).

Already in foreign countries, the formal training in relevant computer knowledge exceeds 95 percent in doctors aged 35 years or less. It is however around 75 percent in seniors(>35yrs). So we need to catch up really fast.

I hope that my voice finds echo amongst you all and may the MCI takes note of this highly beneficial prospect in our field. I pray to god that may the day come when all the docs are able to use computers to make their lives more productive with the same ease that they experience while recording Blood Pressure with a sphygnomanometer.



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