Training in Clinical Research in India


We believe that the medical curriculum needs to be revised especially in the wake of research-oriented teaching in the medical colleges. In India, as opposed to medical schools in developed countries like USA and UK, no stress is laid on the research activities and research experience. Though ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), through STS (Short-Term Studentship) and KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana) scholarship program by Department of Science and Technology, promote research activities at the undergraduate level, little efforts are done by the college or university management for the same. No emphasis is laid on the research interest and experience while selecting candidates for the postgraduation courses (MS or MD) in India. In contrast, in USA the research experience and papers published in journals are considered an important parameter by the Program Directors in conjunction with the good scores in USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) to judge the credentials of the potential postgraduation candidates. As a result, the students spend considerable time in research activities during and after graduation to get into the better residency and fellowship programs and contribute significantly to clinical research. Though students in postgraduation in India are required to submit their thesis paper to qualify for degree, most do it as an obligation rather than out of interest.

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.69289

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@inproceedings{Aggarwal2010TrainingIC, title={Training in Clinical Research in India}, author={Sourabh Aggarwal and Harkirat Singh and Pranshu Bansal and Adarsh Goyal and Kalra Saminder Singh}, booktitle={Indian journal of community medicine : official publication of Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine}, year={2010} }