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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 253-256

State medicine at cross roads

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, MIMS Medical College, Nellimarla (VZM), Andhra Pradesh, India

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Murali M Patnaik
Qr. No: E-1, MIMS, Medical College Campus, Nellimarla - 535 217
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.105116

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In these days of rapid advancement of medical science, there is need for reforms in its teaching. The educationists in India are trying their best to do so in the rigid framework of four and half years of under graduate curriculum in the vision document 2015. Working like a censor the educationists are trying to cut short certain subjects, which are, felt can be coped up by the students themselves. Even before vision document 2015 the axe has already fallen on the departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Bio-chemistry departments. With greater emphasis on public health and some emphasis on basic and foundation courses, some further reductions have to occur in other subjects. The focus of attention now is on forensic medicine. Three issues have arisen in the vision document 2015. (1) Whether the subject of forensic medicine can be reduced to a one-year teaching program? (2) Is there a need to vertically integrate the teaching of forensic medicine in the last two semesters of under graduate teaching? (3) Should clinicians teach the subject of forensic medicine by splitting? These issues have been adequately dealt with in this article. Also, discussed is the state of affairs of the practice forensic medicine in India today for which certain remedies are suggested to lessen the inadequacies, deficiencies and the delinquencies noted in the teaching and practice of forensic medicine.

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