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Purendra Prasad, Amar Jesani, and Sujata Patel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199482160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199482160.001.0001

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Medical Education and Basic Health Care

Medical Education and Basic Health Care

Forging Connections

(p.103) 5 Medical Education and Basic Health Care
Equity and Access

Anand Zachariah

Oxford University Press

Medical education in India is not sufficiently oriented to the health care needs of the country. The knowledge of medicine has primarily originated in western countries and there are mismatches between medical knowledge and health care problems on the ground in India. While specialties such as cardiology and thoracic surgery have grown, basic treatment of coronary artery disease is not accessible to the majority of people. Medial colleges are also not adequately linked to the health care system, therefore not optimally effective in improving health care delivery and exposing students to all levels of the health system. Addressing these structural problems may involve making medical colleges responsible for health care of geographic areas, development of primary care education, and medical curricula that engage with the local context.

Keywords:   Medical education, Medical knowledge, lack of access to basic health care, primary care, family medicine

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