"Since huge numbers of doctors are studying at home, there is severe shortage of specialists in India. No other course takes so long to establish which includes studies, training plus waiting time. So the only solution is to increase the PG seats on par with UG seats," says Dr. Alexander Thomas, VP, AHPI, voicing concern that as senior doctors in the country retire, there will be a severe shortage of specialist doctors and surgeons to take their place.
The nation-wide movement 'Save the Doctor' launched collaboratively by medical students' representatives, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) aims at influencing policy makers and medical institutions to increase the number of seats available for post-graduate specialization in the country.
To provide some perspective, here are some figures from the USA:
Undergraduate medical seats available: 19,000
Post-graduate seats available: 32,000.
In India, undergraduate medical seats available: 45,600
Number of graduates every year: approximately 40,000
PG seats available: 12,000 (actual figures are 22,000 but only 12,000 of these are clinical subjects of interest)
Dr. Devi Shetty, well-known heart surgeon and Treasurer of AHPI commented: "It is a sad plight that nearly two lakh young doctors in our country, at the peak of their youth, spend quite a few years in coaching classes mugging multiple choice questions rather than treating patients and learning the art of healing. These doctors, under the right circumstances, can significantly improve the quality of healthcare."
In a country where every ten minutes a woman dies giving birth and child mortality rates are highest in the world, this is a campaign that deserves fullest support. For more details, visit the site http://www.savethedoctor.in, share with your friends and be part of the movement.