6 new AIIMS gear up to receive patients
They have begun teaching programmes, clinical services to start in eight months
The six new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences have started their teaching programme this semester. Basic clinical services will be made available to patients in eight months.
All the new AIIMS – located in Raipur, Bhubneshwar, Patna, Bhopal, Jodhpur and Rishikesh – have admitted 50 students each for the undergraduate MBBS course.
In first year, they will be taught physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry according to the standard MBBS curriculum in the country. After the first two semesters, they will get clinical training in accordance with the syllabus.
“As the students will need practical training, the AIIMS will start basic services like outpatient departments, general medicine, general surgery, and ENT and ophthalmology departments. Floor space, infrastructure and equipment are in place,” said Dr M C Misra, chief, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center at AIIMS.
However, Dr Ashok Mahapatra, director, AIIMS-Bhubneshwar said starting basic services might get delayed, though directors are committed to the plan.
“It takes minimum of nine months to get a CT Scan machine; so things develop slowly and take time. We have a contingency plan.
A State government-run big hospital will be made available for students’ clinical training,” said Dr Mahapatra, who headed the neurosurgery department of AIIMS, Delhi before taking the current position.
Trauma and emergency departements are part of all the new AIIMS.
“Places like Uttarakhand have natural calamities related trauma cases. Thus, AIIMS in Rishikesh will cater to those needs now,” said Dr Raj Kumar, director, AIIMS-Rishikesh.
The planning for AIIMS, Delhi-like institutions started in 2003 when a study was conducted to figure out composition of the patients.
It was found most of the out station patients came from BIMARUO states, popular abbreviation for Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (now includes Chhattisgarh), Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (now includes Uttarakhand) and Orissa.
While states in Southern India had good medical facilities reflecting low infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rates, health indicators in BIMRAO states were quite poor.
Thus, the proposal for new institutes was put forward.
AIIMS trauma center conducted a workshop computerisation in emergency departments in the new AIIMS.
Dr Misra said the main AIIMS has not achieved full computerisation, but new institutes have started storing digital data in computers from the beginning.
This will help in providing data when patients get transferredfrom one hospital to other.