Dr. Ashis Kumar Chakraborty started his career in Christian Medical Centre Brahmanbaria. Following that he was appointed the Director of Aysha Memorial Specialized Hospital Pvt. Ltd. He is currently the Managing Director of Universal Medical College Hospital, Dhaka.
What are the challenges in managing a large conglomerate of doctors, nurses and physicians?
Yes, it’s no doubt a significant challenge to manage consultants, doctors, nurses and allied staff as well, because providing health care is a challenge that requires teamwork. Every member of the team is important for doing the clinical and administrative tasks completely and successfully. Additionally, the doctors and nurses are still not very professional in their respective jobs. That’s why it becomes difficult to satisfy patients and their relatives. In order to create a well-reputed healthcare industry in Bangladesh, we should work hard and play dynamic roles.
Given the global context of medicine and medical studies, what are the ideas that need to be incorporated into the syllabus? Are there particular practices that need to be implemented?
The Bangladeshi Medical curricular follows the British medical system. The majority of textbooks are from British Publication (ELBS) with a few books from other nations. Those syllabuses include almost everything of modern medical science to turn students into professional doctors. However, one aspect should be given more attention to is practical applications. Additionally, an emphasis on doctor-patient relationship should be incorporated into the curriculum. The day-to-day unrest is one of the major reasons behind an inefficient healthcare delivery system.
Medical Education entails practical and applied knowledge; how are you implementing a balance of both? Can you define the significance of each in the curriculum?
Medical Education is mostly an applied curriculum; from the admission into the M.B.B.S to completing a medical tour of Physiology, Biochemistry or Community Medicine (both theory, practical, laboratory works and dissection hall). Following successful completion of the 1st Professional examination, the student is promoted to the 3rd Year M.B.B.S where they start clinical classes along with theories. The clinical attachment is very effective in a sense that the students have to stay at the bedside of the patients by taking clinical history, examination and investigation for proper diagnosis. In between theory and clinical works students have to face various examinations.
For this very, reason Universal Medical College Hospital (formerly Aysha Memorial Hospital) has renowned clinical experts to teach these students sufficiently. Beside this, the medical college has fully professional, skilled and standard technician in its Pre-Chemical sectors.
What are the qualities that make an effective doctor?
First of all, he/she must be a good student, because the medical curriculum is so vast and it’s not possible to continue this kind of curriculum without a great degree of dedication and knowledge.
Besides that, it is tough to continue the syllabus having adequate knowledge of English. I personally believe that before being a good doctor, they must be a good human being. Medical science is the only sector where doctors get opportunity to have direct contact with people, which is very rare in other professions. In this regard, the general populous and patients have greater expectation from doctors.
I believe the students of Universal Medical College will gather more practical knowledge parallel to theories because this hospital is specialized with 250 beds that have all modern equipments such as MRI, CT Scan, BMD, Mammography etc. We also have a one stop services from OPD to Cardiac Surgery, Cathlab, CCU, all critical care units, 24 hours cardiac emergency and most modern medical facilities of Cardiac/ICU – Helicopter & Ambulance for transportation for the critical patients. The students will acquire a great degree of knowledge from all disciplines through these provisions.
Health Tourism is causing a sever deficit in the health economy of the nation. What steps, facilities and procedures must we introduce in order to stop this trend?
Health Tourism is a global issue that is affecting a number of countries. It is an individual matter because we cannot control patient’s choices and where they will go to seek treatment. We must first find our lacking and proceed to sort it out through government and private health organizations. Finally, we need to ensure the best treatment facilities are available with 100% commitment from the masses to the aristocrat levels. Nevertheless, it’s a matter of trust upon the health care system of the country, trust upon the doctors and nurses. A rough estimation is that at least more than $2 billion is being spent from Bangladesh to foreign health organizations due to treatment costs. Accountability should be further implemented for the health care providers to ensure great professionalism, patient friendly service and cordiality. Then the mass people will regain interest and trust to take healthcare service from Bangladesh. Universal Medical College strives to provide internationally standard healthcare, health education, cardio care in a very affordable cost to the community of Bangladesh.