Training medics for large-scale emergency

  • Medical curriculum review
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 30, 2015-

Medical field experts have suggested the government to integrate emergency injury management and rehabilitation trainings in the medical curriculum.

In their rehabilitation plan submitted to the Ministry of Health and Population, they have recommended introducing a course specifically designed to prepare the medical students for “mass emergency scenario” like the one presented by the April 25 earthquake Dr Basu Dev Pandey, member of the committee formed to prepare the rehabilitation plan,  said after the Gorkha earthquake it became apparent that there was a need of training the doctors and medics on handling cases during large scale disasters.

Though emergency medicine and disaster handling is a part of the Tribhuvan University (TU) curriculum, it is often overlooked, doctors say.

“Students tend to focus more on the subjects for which that they have to take an exam. There is no test for emergency course, it is an elective subject,” said Dr Ramesh Acharya, chief of the emergency unit at the TU Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

As part of the curriculum, though, students have to work in emergency unit for two weeks in their final year. Also, there is a month-long internship programme.

“Students I have talked to have told me that they were able to learnt many important things during their short stint at the emergency,” said Dr Acharya, highlighting the importance of the course on handling big emergency.

Published: 31-05-2015 07:28

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