Doctors to get professional development training from mid-May

  • Health minister yet to find time to meet medical council officials to discuss administrative technicalities
- ARJUN PAUDEL, Kathmandu

Apr 23, 2019-

Starting mid-May, doctors across the country will undergo Continuous Professional Development training, as directed by the Nepal Medical Council. The medical profession regulator has completed all necessary preparations to conduct the said training.

The council has made the professional development training mandatory for all medical doctors. Failure to attend the course will lead to non-renewal of the medical licence.

Dr Dharmakanta Baskota, the NMC chairman, said, “We have made all the necessary preparations for the training programme regularly from mid-May.” Medical doctors will have to undertake the training regularly and the council will assess the effectiveness of the training every five years to ensure that medical doctors providing health care services are updated in their profession.

The professional training involves processes that will act as a refresher course to update and enhance a doctor’s knowledge, skills and experience, even after the completion of their formal degree. It can be in the form of fellowships, seminars, workshops, conference and continuous medical education. The NMC said that the CPD is a lifelong process of learning and updating professional skills.

Basic life support techniques for emergencies, communication skills, code of ethics to be followed by doctors, rational use of drugs to prevent doctors from prescribing medicines unnecessarily, and ways to prevent infections in health facilities will be the focus of the training.

Doctors also need to take effective communication skill training so that they can communicate with the families and relatives of patients about their condition and the treatment process, including operation and surgery. In recent years, there have been reports of scuffles between hospitals/doctors and the kin of patients in the event of the latter’s death. At times, situations have taken a nasty turn in which doctors have been manhandled and hospitals vandalised.

The medical council said that implementation of the code of ethics has been a challenge thus far and that training such as CPD could help in its effective enforcement. One of the problems the NMC is facing currently is its inability to prevent doctors and health institutions from advertising their skills and profession using mass media, which, according to the NMC, is against the code of ethics.

If doctors do not take the CPD training and fail in the council’s assessment, they will be barred from examining patients, according to Baskota.

Master trainers of the council have trained other trainers, who will lead the training for doctors. Doctors serving at the local and provincial levels can participate in the training in their respective provinces as it will be managed in all the seven provinces.

Meanwhile, council officials said they have one more hurdle to cross before launching the training. The council hasn’t been able to meet Health Minister Upendra Yadav to seek his permission for doctors to take leave in order to participate in the training. Without the ministry’s permission, doctors cannot take leave and they will not risk departmental action and wage cut to join the training without leave approval from the ministry.

Published: 24-04-2019 07:00

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