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Re-certification of doctors may be made must

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`Constant updating indispensable'

CHENNAI: The Government is considering proposals to mandate re-certification of doctors after taking examinations or extra credit hours, K. Anandakannan, former Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, said today.

Speaking at Oto Endoscon 2005, a three-day national conference here on using endoscopes to perform ear surgeries, he stressed the importance of medical professionals constantly updating themselves with the latest developments in their fields. Patients were knowledgeable, thanks to Internet information, and unless doctors updated themselves, they would be unable to answer searching questions.

The Continuing Medical Education programme was now renamed continuous professional development to indicate the wholesome nature of keeping up with the developments.

Using the endoscope for ear surgeries would bring down the cost, he said.

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu , said it was necessary for doctors to reconcile the twin objectives in the practice of medicine: Pursuit of world-class excellence without compromises, and making treatment affordable to all.

`Popularise procedure'

Talking about otoendoscopy, he said the advantages were so decisive that it would not be wise to ignore this track. The procedure had to be popularised, explained in detail through the media, Mr. Ram said.

K.K. Ramalingam of the KKR ENT Hospital said though it was still in the experimental stage, there was no reason why it should not become popular, considering the low cost and portability of the equipment.

G. Sundhar Krishnan, organising secretary of the conference and director, Krishna Eye and ENT Hospital, made a presentation on an actual surgery with the endoscope. The main advantage to the surgeon was wide visualisation, he said.

Another organising secretary, Ravi K. Viswanathan, director, AVM Medical, ENT Research Foundation, also explained the advantage the endoscope would have over the conventional microscope-aided surgery. `Practical manual on endoscopic ear surgery,' authored by Dr. Sundhar Krishnan, was released by Meera Murali, a yogic counsellor.

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