Aligarh Muslim University: Orientation programme held for interns

Aligarh: Despite serious impediments caused by the COVID pandemic, the academic activities at the Aligarh Muslim University are being carried out through online mode to provide educational opportunities to its students. The Medical Education Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College organized an online orientation programme for 2016 MBBS Batch interns.

Addressing the inaugural session, AMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor emphasized the importance of conduct and behaviour for an intern as these qualities make medical profession the noblest of all professions. He advised interns to make good use of internship t and congratulated them on their successful completion of the course.

The Vice-Chancellor also released the Log Book for a compulsory rotating internship as per the competency based undergraduate curriculum, introduced this year by the National Medical Commission and adopted by the JNMC.

In his keynote address, the chief guest, Professor Pawanindra Lal, Director and Professor of Surgery, MAMC, New Delhi and Executive Director, National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences urged the students not to make hurry to grab a PG seat, instead make proper use of this time to decide a branch of their choice after working with various teams of specialities.

He narrated his own internship experiences and motivated students to make good utilisation of this lifetime experience. He elaborated how an internship can be enjoyable and inspiring whilst working hard for the future.

Professor Lal discussed the examination system in the country and expressed concern for the higher attrition rate in the country. He suggested changes in entry tests that may ensure the aptitude and interest of the student in the field before entering into medical studies. He also suggested the introduction of an exit route for students who are not willing to carry on this profession. They may, however, find placements in Pharma industries where there is a need for graduates with a medical background.

Earlier, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Professor Rakesh Bhargava welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries and resource persons. He congratulated the 2016 batch students and their families for their successful entry into the internship. He said the internship period will provide them with an opportunity to learn clinical (medical and surgical) skills for future professional life and to make good use of this time.

JNMC Principal and CMS, Professor Shahid Ali Siddiqui congratulated the students and wished the best for them in their future life.

A number of resource persons engaged the students during the orientation programme. Dr Athar Ansari outlined the rotational internship programme and its requirements, which was followed by an introduction to the logbook by Prof Seema Hakim and Dr Nasreen Noor.

A team of COVID warriors including Prof Mohd Shameem, Dr Mehtab Ahmad, Dr Ruhi Khan, Dr Shahna Ali, Dr Shahbaz Faridi, Dr Adil Raza, Dr Ummul Baneen and Dr Roshan Perveen conducted an interactive session to equip the students with better skills to deal with COVID patients.

Dr Shehla Jamal (Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, RMRI, Bareilly) talked on mental health with special emphasis on “Fit Body and Sound Mind” and shared practical tips to combat stress at work.

Dr Shaista Saiyad (Smt NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad) enlightened students with the intricacies of reflections with a very simplified approach.

Prof Syed Manazir Ali, Co-coordinator, Medical Education Unit presented a report of the programme in concluding session while Dr Sufia Naseem, Member, Medical Education Unit proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr Bushra Siddiqui conducted the programme.


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