What is not taught in Medical Colleges

What is not taught in Medical Colleges – must read a book for teachers, students and professionals in all systems of medicine

Book review by Dr Mansoor Ali 

Forty-one authors have contributed papers, which have been grouped under eight sections – this work will help to create good students, teachers and practitioners – topics covering all systems of medicines included. 

Among the topics covered are  – skills in communication with seniors, colleagues and patients; manners, marketing in medicine, empathy and compassion; how to use a library; how to do clinical research; how to write a scientific paper; learn clinical and procedural skills, professionalism and work ethics; the attributes of a good teacher; how to be a good examiner; setting up a private practice in a small town; when a surgeon should retire; the dying art of clinical examination; reflection—a critical tool for personal and professional growth and many more.

The contributors range from former and current faculty in Medical Colleges to private practitioners 

Major sections 

Section 1 : Personal development and continuing medical education 

  1. Communication skills 
  2. Manners – Etiquette and Department
  3. Empathy and compassion in medicine 
  4. The art of consultation 
  5. Assessing and responding to patients 
  6. Computers in medicine 
  7. Learning clinical and procedural skills 
  8. Clinical Photography 
  9. How house library 
  10. How to do clinical research 
  11. How to write scientific papers 
  12. How to pass an examination 
  13. How to get a PG seat 
  14. How to choose a specialty 

Section II – Ethical Issues 

  1. Professionalism and work ethics 
  2. Changing trends in ethics 
  3. Ethical principles in biomedical Research and animals 

Section III. Attributes of teacher 

  1. Attributes of a good teacher 
  2. How to be e good examiner 

Section IV – Managerial skills 

  1. Leadership in medical and health professionals 
  2. The quality standard of medical care 
  3. Marketing in medicine – Six Ps
  4. Synergise to survive 

Section : V – Surgeon and surgical practice 

  1. The making of a Surgeon 
  2. Setting up of private practice in small town 
  3. When should a surgeon retire 

Section VI – The doctor India needs

  1. Doctor India needs
  2. The social physician in India 

Section VII – Carrer développement 

  1. A career in Army Medical College 
  2. Distant shore – UK, USA< Australia & NewZeland, South east Asia 

Section VIII – Miscellany 

  1. What students do not learn in Medical School 
  2. The dying art of clinical examination 
  3. Medical Jurisprudence 
  4. Stress among doctors and their management 
  5. Humour in medicine 
  6. Bridging Ayurveda and Biomedical Science 
  7. Homoeopathy – reflections 
  8. Relevance of spirituality to practice of medicine 
  9. A critical tool for personal and professional growth 
  10. What is death 
  11. Let us take the lead 

Author : Dr KS Shekar and DK Srinivas

Pages : 490 

Price : 350

Published by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore 

For copies: Director, Prasaranga, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, 4th T Block, Jyaanagar, Bangalore. 560041 



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