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Are Indian Medical Schools World Class Schools?

The answer to this question is really quite convoluted because it really boils down to segmentation. You might as well just ask whether American medical schools are world class schools or whether European medical schools are world class schools. The answer, of course, in all cases, is that it depends. Just as there are substandard and borderline American medical programs, there are also borderline and substandard, low quality Indian medical schools.

Now, does this mean that we’re going to throw the baby out with the bathwater and condemn the whole Indian medical school industry? Absolutely not. It’s all about segmentation. It also boils down to the historical focus of the school.

For example, if a school is rural in orientation and its main mission is to train rural, countryside doctors, chances are quite good that its academic standards won’t be as high as a globally competitive school that trains a lot of foreigners and trains them for high level medical research. Now, this doesn’t mean that all the professionals coming from rural schools are somehow lacking in credibility and authority. That is not our point whatsoever. Instead, the emphasis of the school might mean that education and instructional materials may be at a lower level. You have to pay attention to the orientation as well as mission and vision statements of the school that you’re interested in.

The same applies to the United States, believe it or not. There are many rural schools there that are pretty relaxed when it comes to academic credentials. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all the medical professionals graduating from those schools would be incompetent. In fact, thanks to the fact that all medical school graduates have to pass some sort of medical boards entrance exam, all quality issues go away. Seriously.

Whether you’re going to Harvard medical school or some no name rural school from a developing country, if you want to become a doctor in the United States, you still have to pass the medical board exam. And this, more than anything, is the best indicator whether somebody is good enough to be a medical professional or needs further training.

We can debate until we’re blue in the face as to the intricacies and the pros and cons and the advantages and disadvantages of rural and city education and first world and developing world education, but all of that debate is really worthless because of the medical admissions exam. If you are able to be accepted in the professional board of whatever jurisdiction you live in, then you have what it takes.

So focus on the quality of instruction, focusing on what you need to do, so when you pass that test, you can provide high quality medical services to the people who depend on you the most. That’s right, they are your patients. Build a solid reputation with them and you would never have to worry about where your next meal is going to come from. It’s all about trust, competence, and setting people at ease.