India’s medical school system is quite renowned all over the world because it has always attracted people who want to be doctors, but, for some reason or another, do not have the financial means to afford tuition in their home countries.
This is especially true if you’re coming from places like the United States where a medical school education pretty much starts off at a quarter of a million dollars and starts skyrocketing upwards. That’s how expensive it is to become a physician in some developed countries. Certain parts of Western Europe are not much better.
Make no mistake about it, not only are you going to be investing some of the most important and productive years of your life going to medical school, but you also have to invest quite a tremendous amount of money. Not surprisingly, there’s always been a historical interest by American medical students in developing world medical institutions. In fact, a large chunk of America’s doctors have medical degrees from Caribbean nations.
Now, this fact alone dispels lingering stereotypes of low quality developing world medical school instruction. Nothing could be further from the truth because, ultimately, it boils down to the person. If you are a driven, creative, clever and smart individual, you will pass the medical board exam.
And the great thing about the US exam is that they don’t rank you. They don’t disclose your score. Either you pass or you don’t. This is the only test that you really need to worry about as a doctor. Once you clear that, then you can practice medicine in the United States. Or if you passed the boards in the United Kingdom, you can practice in Great Britain.
This is why it’s really important to understand challenges to medical school systems from the perspective of technology, instead of admissions standards, as well as the people who tend to historically apply to particular schools.
With this said, the biggest challenge facing India’s medical school system involves cutting edge technology from the western world. We’re talking about advanced imaging as well as nano medicine.
Nano medicine involves really small cameras and molecules that enable doctors to come up with pinpoint diagnosis that are extremely accurate. This is a challenge because developing countries do not have the infrastructure needed to take full advantage of these technological breakthroughs. While the manpower is there and the brain power is abundant, the actual machinery, chemical infrastructure and all sorts of details are missing. This is what jeopardizes India’s medical school system.
They have to get their act together, they have to get their resources together in one place so they can be distributed efficiently and equitably to ensure that the next crop of medical practitioners would be on the same level as far as technical training and preparation are concerned with their first world or developed world counterparts.
India has always produced some of the world’s best doctors. We really need to step up when it comes to technology to ensure that our schools keep taking themselves to a higher and higher level.