By: Anuta Chaudhary | 12.06.2018 06:01:49When you think of Western medicine, most people think of the doctors in the US and other Western countries who practice what they preach and treat what they prescribe.
The Western medical profession in India is quite different.
Most of us, when we first come to India, will think of medical students from Western countries.
But in fact, India has a huge number of people who are educated in Western medicine.
They are a relatively small number, but a large number of Western students have studied in India.
These students, who are not necessarily doctors, are students of Western medical schools and colleges.
They study Western medicine in India to gain some knowledge and become doctors, as they say in Western terms.
Indian medical students and medical students in the West have been collaborating with one another and with the Indian Medical Council (IMC) for the past five years.
In the past year, the IMC has also formed a joint venture with the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) to develop medical courses in India and the country is set to attract around 30,000 new medical students by 2020.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which has more than a hundred branches across India, has been promoting the Indian medical education system to attract more students from the West, particularly from the US.
According to Dr Srikant, an eminent Indian professor of Emergency medicine at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, about 1,500 Indian students are currently studying abroad in the USA.
They come from all over the world and the number of students coming from Western states like California, Florida and Texas is increasing.
“In the coming months, the number will grow even more,” said Srikantsays.
“We are hoping that the number increases and we will see a substantial number of Indian students going abroad for medical training in the coming years.
We will be the first Indian university to offer a Bachelor of Medicine in Emergency Medicine degree in the U.S.”
While in the past, India’s foreign medical students have tended to stay in the States, the majority of them have been coming back for medical courses and medical training.
“I would say that in the last five years, the Indian students coming to the US from overseas have been more than 40 per cent of the total number of medical graduates.
India has always been a good market for us,” said Anushad Jain, MD, president of the IMA.
The IMC, which has around 70 branches in the country, has invested Rs1.5 lakh crore over the past four years to create the Joint Institute of Emergency Medical Education (JIEME) in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Jain says that JIEMe will be set up in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University Hospitals of Pittsburgh and other top-tier medical institutions, including the Mayo Clinic.
“This joint institute will help us build a comprehensive knowledge base of emergency medicine in the United States and will be very important for us to be able to recruit more Indian medical students for medical schools in the future,” he said.
The number of foreign medical graduates in India has also been growing.
The number of doctors coming to India has been increasing from less than 5 per cent to almost 40 per part of all Indian medical graduates from the past two years.
“Currently, we have over 1,600 foreign medical doctors in India who have come for medical school, training and postgraduate programmes,” said Dr Shashi Srivastava, professor, Department of Medicine, Department Of Emergency Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Pune, India.
“The number is increasing and we expect it to continue to rise.”
Dr Srikansays that about one in five Indian medical residents are foreign nationals.
In addition, more than half of Indian doctors, nurses, midwives and other health workers have become citizens of foreign countries.
“When we start educating our medical students, it is important that they have a basic knowledge of the medical field in the Western world.
It is also important that we train them properly in Western medical disciplines.
These two goals are very important to our future development as a country,” he added.