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Promotion Criteria for medical faculty- MCI to rethink on Publication criteria??

Promotion Criteria for medical faculty- MCI to rethink on Publication criteria??

Over the past year, there has been a constant debate in various journals on the circular issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in September 2015, regarding the requirements for promotion of teaching faculty.

The lack of a time-bound promotion system of medical faculty results in higher stress, dissatisfaction, lower productivity and quality of life and work. The critics have highlighted several issues in the assessment of publication for teacher’s promotion, e.g the exclusion of publications in “electronic-only” journals, awarding points only to “original research” papers and first or second authors, listing of indexing databases for journals, categorizing journals as national or international. The relevance of a journal’s impact factor as a measure for assessment of publication has also been appraised overall quality of research papers published by academics in India and China, however, leaves much to be desired.

The system of open access journals came into vogue a decade ago with the legitimate objective of making scientific research accessible to academics in poor countries. It was felt that subscription-based journals such as Nature or The Lancet were unaffordable to academics and researchers in poor countries. Fraud is not new even the well-placed people, indulgence in fake research and possess fake PhD’s for a substantial fee sub-standard non-peer-reviewed manuscript polluting scientific literature with trash. Forty-two per cent of world’s fake journal publishers are based in India according to the editorial, vested interests in the predatory journal industry have spread their tentacles in each university – many of them are being managed by faculty members themselves

Lakhotia says that the UGC mandate for prospective and existing faculty members to ‘produce’ research papers were a misconceived idea as it ignored the fact that majority of colleges and universities in the country lack even the minimal infrastructure required for any kind of research.

Many Medical faculties are apprehensive that publishing the original work, fraught with many problems majority of the Private Medical colleges do not have required number of patients to train even the undergraduates, only fake patients are admitted during the MCI inspections, and Government colleges too face the problem even though there are number of patients and majority are poor and cannot afford any modern Investigations and no journal publishes the evaluations without modern diagnostic methods and majority of the patients are treated without evidence based methods. The certain truth is many reputed journals do not accept scientific papers without the utility of Molecular methods, and genomic evaluations. Majority of senior faculty enjoy the benefits created out of MCI regulation- hardly few come to college, regularly and many juniors are compelled to fake the mattress, and do whatever they like, to survive in the system.

*NEED A BETTER EVOLUTIONARY METHODS

AS SUGGESTED BY Shobhit Jain etal there is a need for more comprehensive assessment for teaching faculty in terms of teaching activities, clinical skills, research, mentoring and role-modeling; and social reputation and extracurricular qualities. Such assessment may be done by including teaching awards, student and peer feedback, number of publications and citations in indexed journals, grants awarded for projects, number of presentations at national and international meetings, invited papers, chair sessions, membership in organizing committees of meeting and conferences, and of Institute committees and professional associations, and participation in faculty exchange programmes, (Ref 2)

It is time that MCI should Assess what facilities exist in many Medical colleges, as majority of Research Laboratories is big hoax, it certainly encourages more fraud without establishing research facilities as UGC suggested.

TIME TO THINK IF EVERYBODY DOES RESEARCH AND PUBLISH TRASH AS SCIENTIFIC WORK -WHAT NEXT?

Ref

1 UGC rules blamed for helping promote fake journals in India. S. Jayaraman Nature India
*2 Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Letters Shobhit Jain etal Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, UP INDIA http://www.asianjournalofpsychiatry.com/article/S1876-2018(17)30047-3/abstract

Dr.T.V.Rao MD

The Author is the former Professor and HOD, Department of Microbiology, Travancore Medical College

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above article are solely those of the author/agency in his/her private capacity and do not represent the views of Medical Dialogues.
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    Dr Ramesh vardhan November 3, 2017, 11:31 am

    STOP PRIVATE PRACTICE, MAKE IT COMPULSORY FOR ALL THE FACULTY MEMBERS AND AS WELL SUPPORTING STAFF TO STAY WITH IN THE CAMPUS. ALLOW THEM HAVE AN ACCESS IN TO DEPARTMENT AROUND THE CLOCK AS IT DONE IN WEST. GIVE REQUIRED AMOUNTS OF FUNDS TO CARRY ON THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS. KEEP THE REQUIRED INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES, PEOPLE AS PER THE NEEDS OF THE RESEARCHERS. DON\’T GIVE ELIGIBILITY WITH OUT GENUINE PUBLICATION. MAKE IT COMPULSORY EVERY RESEARCHERS TO HAVE A DEDICATED PERSONAL COMPUTER WITH A COMMON I D NUMBER FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM WITH INTERNET CONNECTION. REGISTER TOPIC /TITLE WELL IN ADVANCE WITH THE RIGHT E ETHICAL COMMITTEE, AND VALID SOCIETY AND SPECIALITY JOURNALS. INSTEAD OF FAKE ONES.

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    Dr Ramesh vardhan November 3, 2017, 11:13 am

    I HEAR QUITE OFTEN, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PATIENTS IN SOME OF THE PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES. NO BODY TALKS ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGES, LACKING FACILITIES – INFRASTRUCTURE, FACULTY MEMBERS, EQUIPMENTS. MOST OF THE DOCTORS DISAPPEAR SOON AFTER THE BIOMETRICS /ATTENDANCE TO THEIR PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS – NURSING HOMES, SCANNING CENTERS, LABORATORIES, LEAVING THE OPD TO TRAINEES. WHAT IS USE OF TREATING POOR PEOPLE LIKE GARBAGE. THEY GET DOCTORS – PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS ON A NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION SCHEME TO HANDLE THE CASES THAT TOO IN TEACHING MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITALS. WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS, WHAT KIND DOCTORS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SO CALLED GOVERNMENT TEACHING MEDICAL HOSPITALS. THESE COLLEGES ARE FULL OF DUMMY DOCTORS. NEITHER TO TEACH, NOR TO WORK. EXCEPT IN THEIR THEIR PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS. NO BODY BOTHERED TO STOP SUCH NASTY THINGS, SINCE THEY BELONGS TO THE DOMINANT CASTE. THE BABUS THE BUREAUCRATS HAVE DEAFNESS, BLINDNESS AND MUTISM. MAJORITY OF THE PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGES.

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    Dr.A.Sundaramurthy October 31, 2017, 6:50 pm

    Patient care&Academic work are two eyes of Medical faculty in teaching side.One should not compromise the other,due to lack of time factor.Minimum clinical Research is a must.

  4. We have our IMA journals and our Association journals and I believe that changing our journals or making them interesting to read or making them more crisp and concise is within our power. If we all strive then the standards of our journals will go up to our satisfaction.

  5. Again this issue touches upon the fact that despite having son many medical colleges why is it that our faculty does not come out with really good publications. Why the issue of ORS as a landmark break in the management of diarrhoea featured in Lancet and not in IMA publications. Is it due to the fact that we cannot publish or is due to the fact that we do not have the inclination to publish coupled with the fact that our medical curriculum does not concentrate on this aspect. If we do not publish then are we going to be competent to innovate and make patents. Yes, we could stick for better indexing agencies however it would lead to more problems in the short run. We have such a good patient flow then where lies the problem. We need to identify these problems and solve them. We are a nation of great healers and it is high time that we reclaim our throne.
    Thanks and regards.