49 Arunachal-made Drs pass out from TRIHMS | Be a lifelong learner: Prof Shukla

By Pradeep Kumar

NAHARLAGUN, May 20: The Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) created a history on Monday with 49 of its total 50 first bath MBBS students from across the country passing out as clinicians or Indian Medical Graduates (IMGs), Maharashtra’s Sevagram-based Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Director-cum-Dean Prof Ajay Kumar Shukla, said while speaking as chief guest.

“It is history because almost 100% result that too by the first batch by any medical college is unheard of for which Director Dr Moji Jini, the soul of the institute and his team deserve applause, Dr Shukla said adding few students shared their experiences without reflecting agonies and hard works to be here, as they had no seniors to bank upon, but their struggling journey would serve as harbinger for the junior students, he said in his though provoking address.

A professional is committed to be excellent as mandated by National Medical Council of India (NMCI), which has been given new perspective as the first medical syllabus continuing since 1998 changed after 20 years in 2019 as Competency Based Medical Education (CBME), which emphasized on specific competencies and skills that medical students must acquire and demonstrate to become competent physicians followed by Graduate Medical Education Regulation (GMER)-2023 for which (you) IMGs are best in the world.

Many went to China, Russia and East European countries and obtained MBBS degree after 7-8 years but to serve in India they have to qualify Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE), but regrettably the pass percentage is dismal 27% now, he said, adding the passed out IMGs are lucky to be taught under CBME and can register as clinicians anywhere in India.

“Informing that with a degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, I got first offer to join India’s first medical college, near Nagpur, set up in 1969 by then Union health minister N K P Salve, which was a calling. Likewise, you all will be in dilemma now to decide whether to pursue higher studies, join Govt service or private practice, but have to find out your own mission.

“Remember a doctor is not only a professional but always a leader, guide and communicator. If you join in health centre in rural areas, besides solving social issues as a leader, while treating you have to touch and communicate with the patient, his/her family and community as effective communication and evidence-based analysis would help proper diagnosis unlike many doctors without touching and talking to patients prescribe numerous tests, which have become cost prohibitive now.

“Come out of lab-centric treatment to be true professionals to earn name and fame,” he said “citing his example of conducting a successful bilateral cataract surgery of a 75-year-old woman. Her glittering face after opening of the bandage was the greatest satisfactions and reward I had got.”

“As you have learnt everything in this institute, never forget to pay back by at least proudly proclaiming that you are a product of from TRIMHS. Moreover, from 300 medical colleges, the number has rose to 700+ during last few years. About 20 lakh aspirants appear for one lakh seats. This is enough to realize how lucky you all are, but education in home turf imposes additional responsibilities.

“Medical profession has become extremely competitive deputies many pathies, GoI’s AYUSH offering homoeopathy, naturopathy, aurveda, yoga, unani & siddha treatments.

“A clinician is a health care professional who work directly with patients in a community health setting rather than in a laboratory. We do not see whole body for treatment because of departmentalization which is not possible in community health centres. You have to earn clinical skills as ‘lifelong learners’ to remain updated with latest treatment systems and lab methodologies for holistic treatment not to become redundant.

Appreciating GoAP which has not imposed restriction, like one –year service in Govt hospital post-PG, which is about 7 to 10 years in Assam, he said and advised them to balance between personal and professional line by taking breaks.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Prof Shukla said that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others”, follow TRIMHS motto and serve the masses as health ambassadors by toeing the ethics honestly with the knowledge and wisdom you have earned, he said to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

When asked later that it was a speech or a course lesson, he smilingly said ‘A teacher would always remain teacher’.

Terming the day milestone for the state, RGU registrar Dr. N T Rikam, speaking as guest of honour, said, “The society,including parents have lot of expectations from you and we are confident that you all would serve with commitment.  Many of you would be absorbed by the GoAP as this profession is very demanding in far-flung areas of this state.

“Besides considering higher studies, always play a pivotal role in the society as worthy human beings because as a doctor your human touch would solve half illness of the patients. Never guided by monetary gains as medical is a noble profession and earn name and fame for TRIMHS,” he added.

Union Ministry of Health additional director general (Rtd) Prof Dr Rabindra Nath Salhan, who was instrumental in setting up of this college and serves as member of governing council and faculty selection board, speaking as special guest, said, “You are chosen ones by the gods to be doctors. Medical is a noble profession but the nobility remains on your shoulders now. Never be slave to lab and be always punctual and treat the patients with a smile to command their love and respect. Practice honourably what you have learnt”

Director Jini, in his address earlier, said that TRIHMS was set up in 2017 as lone medical college and hospital of the state and its first 2018–19 academic session had begun on 01.08.18. He made special mention of contributors to set up the college, like Prof Salhan, Union joint sectary Indira Mallo, first Dean Prof Jay Kumar, instrument in obtaining ‘Letter of Permission’, besides a central team led by Patha Jyoti Gogoi, who after three-day visit here had recommended to set up a college.

He lauded the parents for reposing faith to admitting their children in first batch without thinking of the outcome. “But in 5½ years, we nourished, groomed and engrained in them compassion not as professional doctors but good human beings. That was way the first batch was known as ‘Direcotor’s favourite’. He also lauded late Minoti Riba and late Dr Nirmali Taba families for sponsoring gold medals and cash awards for best students. The awardees (in picture below) were Dr Sheetal Kankani (Kokata) and Dr Nibedita Gogoi (Assam).

Dean-cum-principal Dr. Shyamal Kumar Bhattacharya had administered oath to all doctors before certificates were given by Prof Shukla, Dr Jini, Dr. Bhattacharya, RGU’s Rikam & controller of examination Dr. Bijay Raji, in presence of parents of passing out doctors, students of other four batches, senior faculty members and invited guests.

Dr Minggam Pertin, in his closing remarks, lauded all contributors for the TRIMHS to achieve great success while late Minoti Riba had donated by mortal remains to the college, setting an extra ordinary example of humanity.

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