Mumbai: In the wake of Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is trying to bridge the communication gap between junior and senior doctors.
The students will now be working with the practising doctors of the IMA, who will not only teach communication skills but also help their juniors in paper presentation and related work.
The IMA, which looks after the interest of doctors, will now not just be limited to practising doctors. They will also rope in resident doctors and other medical students to enhance doctors’ communication skills and to avoid sour relations between the junior and senior medicos.
According to IMA officials, the purpose is to make the junior doctors aware of IMA’s different programmes, and vision. The students will receive help in the form of academic books from the IMA.
Dr Sanjay Patil, president of IMA said, “We have made a decision which will enable the juniors to learn from practising doctors. The purpose is to help the medical students get training by working alongside the senior IMA members. It will help in making them competent to handle any violent attacks. With increasing doctor-patient conflict, this will be a helping hand for them.”
Dr Jayant Navrage, a senior member of IMA, said, “We are working towards bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical knowledge. To start a new hospital, you need to know many things, which will be taught to the doctors. We would also provide books free of cost to people from the economically weaker background.”
“Many medical students commit suicide. We want to make medical students aware of IMA helpline. Also, violence prevention and combating will be ensured,” he added.