Professor (Dr.) T. S. Ravikumar Sir, President AIIMS Mangalagiri introduced the concept of ‘Research’ to the AIIMS first batch of MBBS students on 19th December 2018. The students understood the need for doing research in medical field. Sir taught the concept of Observational and Interventional research, Translational research, public health research, outcomes research. The students learnt that Randomised controlled trial (RCT) are the most rigorous way of testing a new drug or a new interventional procedure. The students learnt the concept of ‘placebo’ and ‘blinding’ in a RCT. Sir has instilled in the young minds the concept of ‘Altruism’ in research. In ‘Altruism’ a human being is voluntarily willing to participate in a clinical trial for the larger benefit of others even though there is no direct benefit to the participant of a clinical trial.

‘T’ shape in research

Sir gave his own example of how he did research and developed novel surgical procedures and therapies to operate on liver metastases cases and thereby prolong life of patients in advanced stages of cancer. The undergraduate students learnt the concept of ‘T’ shape in research wherein the horizontal line represents the expertise and knowledge of the researcher in his or her respective field. The vertical line of letter ‘T’ resembles the depth of research which every student should strive in his or her life and achieve it. Sir encouraged all the students to develop their own research projects right from their undergraduate days.

Our students were really privileged to learn from an exceptional Professor (Dr.) T. S. Ravikumar Sir.

He articulated the concept that , even though every student will not become a researcher, every student must get a thorough grounding in research ,such that he/ she will develop “critical thinking” that will make him/ her a superb clinician. The steps in conducting good research involves developing a hypothesis, catalogue all background information, set up methods to carry out hypothesis testing, analyse the data, and arrive at conclusion , ensuring limitations ( if any)of the research thus conducted. Good clinical practice mirrors these steps: using history / physical examination to develop a preliminary diagnosis, order tests and consultations to support diagnosis / eliminate other possibilities, put together all information to render final diagnosis and treatment plan , and be aware of complications and adverse events in order to avoid/ mitigate. Therefore, a good research training makes the clinician an astute and critical thinker.

  • Lecture summarized by: Dr. Dhrubajyoti J Debnath , Associate Professor, CFM Dept., AIIMS ,Mangalagiri
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The newly inducted faculty had a video conference with Dr. Ravikumar on the philosophy of concept of health in general and on the role of AIIMS on the health of the people of Andhra Pradesh in specific.

Emphasis on quality

He underlined the need for initiating the concept of quality of life into the fabric of medical practice right from the beginning of a medical career.

The innovation in curriculum envisaged at AIIMS will help in suitably orienting the students to fill the "know-do" gap existing currently in India.

The students have to be lifelong learners and hence the understanding of health from a world-view as projected by WHO was of greatest importance. The virtual classrooms and modular delivery of curriculum must help achieve that aim.

  • The subjects will be taught in an integrated manner with thrust on problem solving exercises of various modes including case-based learning.
  • The spiral curriculum will achieve a level of understanding of facts which translates knowledge into skillful practice.
  • The students shall keep their portfolios in digital media and this will serve to mentor them in the right career direction in the future.