[P.S; This post is not to deliberately criticize any group of professors, this is just a realization]
Nearly 6 years of medical education in India & just 4 weeks of education in USA. I think this is enough for me to draw a conclusion regarding the attitudes of faculties of both these countries. I am still a student & from a student's point of view I would love to express my happiness as the last 4 weeks have neutralized my faculty induced mental traumas of last 6 years. Let me have a flash back to write about the Indian faculties-doctors................. .... ...
'CRITICISM' ... I think the Indian faculty members have done PhD in this subject called 'Criticism'. More than 90 % of the faculties criticize their students for various unexplained reasons. If you don't perform well, you'll be criticized... That is fair but the million dollar question is they JUST criticize. They never deliver their part of effort for the development. This thing is very common in medical schools as the faculties have to run to their private clinics after the theory/practical classes in college. There is a professor of Medicine in my home medical school who scolds students badly if they correctly answer his questions very fast. His usual dialogue in such a situation; '' Are you showing off your knowledge?? I am a professor of medicine & you a just a student.. answer slowly ... otherwise I can fail you..'' Being a student of that man was like fighting against a demon while holding a double edged sword without a handle !! 'You guys are not coming to the wards', 'you guys are useless', 'you guys are clinically poor', 'you guys always cram theories' .... I have to type this with a heavy heart that those faculties who say these things never teach the students in the hospitals. So far I haven't seen such things here in USA. The american faculties are super friendly !! 3 days back I was working in the lab alone & a very reputed professor came & discussed few things for nearly half an hour which is very very prolific for any student on this planet. Expecting this thing from an orthodox Indian prof is like expecting a non-Marathi driver in Raj Thakerey's car. 1 week back, after a whole night sleep analysis of two babies having sleep disorders, my mentor drove 12 miles to drop me in my apartment at 5 am, although his home is just 0.5 miles away from the hospital. I just can't imagine this in India :(
ARROGANCE..... Some of the Indian faculties feel as if they are latest versions of Stephen Hawkins. If they don't know about something they usually cover that up nicely with some bluffs. They ask more & teach less. They feel that they are far more superior than their western counterparts. But believe me, the doctors here at Johns Hopkins are just amazing. Their understanding of the subject & treatment methods are more rational than that of the Indian counterparts. In any Conference if they are asked something that they don't know they frankly say ''Sorry I've not gone to that part..thanks for asking, I'll have a look at that in near future''.... In my second year during MBBS, a asst professor told that the 'Americans know nothing....they can't diagnose a case of malaria'. Now I realize why the hell they would diagnose the Malaria as there are no mosquitoes in USA. On the other hand more than 90% of research publications on malaria are from American Universities!! Yes they know less about malaria but they know a lot about neural engineering, hypothermic brain surgeries, sleep disorders etc!!! There are movies on American doctors [Gifted hands, Something the lord made etc], but we have to wait for million years to watch a movie on Indian docs.
5 more months in this great medical college & surely I'll be able add more points on this article. They are few medical faculties in India who are very co-operative but the number tournaments won by Sania Mirza easily outnumbers them. I have all the respect of the galaxy for those faculties. Others please go to hell. There is no doubt that India is clinically richer than USA but the handling of the patients & medical students is really in the inferior side. If this country can produce high quality- super friendly- cooperative faulties, then USA will be just another brick on the wall & the Indian healthcare industry will kiss the pinnacle.
I wish there was a quote
'' Give me a co-operative doctor-faculty, I'll give you thousands of budding doctors''