Lessons in obstetrics through satellite
FOGSI and ISRO have joined hands to offer a novel academic initiative for municipal and government medical colleges.
The Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced the launch of a satellite-based educational programme for medical students and practitioners in the country.
Under this academic initiative, COSME Farma Laboratories Limited (CFLL), a Panjim-based pharmaceutical company, will install the satellite dishes with technical support from ISRO. A class-room-like teaching module will be adopted wherein the course content developed by FOGSI doctors will be disseminated live via satellite to over 100 municipal and government medical colleges of India. The satellite-based teaching methodology will be an ongoing programme which will be held at least once a month.
This facility can also be used in future to carry out training of various medical officers and students of nursing on various aspects of ObGyn such as emergency obstetric care and demonstration of various techniques. The programmes will be conducted by the Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ICOG).
FOGSI president Dr. Duru Shah said, "FOGSI's health care programme especially has gained great credence among the youth. The satellite school concept provides in-depth medical knowledge and technical developments in the field of ObGyn. Through the satellite school, we intend to reach out to the entire student community simultaneously."
The Satellite Centres have already been launched in the medical colleges in Jaipur, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Patna, Guntur, Manipal, Baroda and Goa. Commenting on its role in the educational programme, P.R. Hegde, managing director, CFLL, said, "It would be our endeavour to provide medical students an access to the latest treatment methodologies which in turn will assist them to provide best medical services to the people of India."
FOGSI was formed in 1936 when the Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of Bombay, Madras, Bengal, Ahmedabad and Punjab resolved to amalgamate themselves into the Federation. The Federation is affiliated to the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).
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