There was a need to lay stress on proper maintenance of medical records to avoid unsavoury occurrences involving doctors and patients in hospitals, Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of the SOA Deemed to be University, said on Wednesday. Doctors should make use of technology for maintenance of records to protect themselves and help the patients as well, he said while addressing graduates at the first Graduation Day Ceremony of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital here.
Prof. Banerjee, himself a cardio-vascular surgeon of eminence, advised the graduates to follow this practice while treating their patients. Degrees were presented to students of the 6th batch (2012-17) and 7th batch (2013-18) of IMS in the ceremony, which resembled a mini convocation. The Vice-Chancellor also underlined the need to train medical students in the best possible manner to uphold quality of education and ensure improved healthcare for the masses. “We must ensure that all steps are taken to train the students in the best possible manner, identifying individual weaknesses and difficulties and providing remedy through a robust proctorship mechanism,” he said. Prof. Banerjee said the proposed National Exit Test (NEXT) as proposed by the National Medical Commission could start with the batch of medical students at IMS who are in the second year now. “The outcome of this exam is likely to be a referendum on the quality of education imparted by a medical college,” he said. A robust system to academically help medical students would go a long way in ensuring improved performance and IMS could end up having quite a few national level toppers, the Vice-Chancellor said. The theme for the Graduation Day was “Medicine is neither easy nor difficult, it’s either made easy or made difficult.” Prof. Gangadhar Sahu, Dean of IMS, urged the students of the two batches, numbering 100 and 133 respectively, to be disciplined and uphold moral values to emerge as good medical practitioners. Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Students’ Welfare), Dr. Pushparaj Samantasinhar, Medical Superintendent of SUM Hospital and Additional Dean of IMS, Dr. Ajay Kumar Jena also spoke.