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PSM as a Career Option: #1 Why Choose PSM?

Each year, around the time of AIPG counseling, I get a fair number of emails asking about PSM as a career option. These question are mostly from students who have not really considered PSM as a career option, and hence, do not have the information or evidence needed to take an informed call. I usually try… Keep Reading

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Rural Posting Post-MBBS: Part 1 – Why it is a bad idea

These past couple of days, the medical student community of Delhi (and by extension, India) has been seething with discontent over a piece of legislation that has been reverted after intense pressure from junior doctors at all levels. I have been very vocal on twitter and social media about the unfairness of this sudden imposition… Keep Reading

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Estimates of Risk: A Short Revision

As a part of the academic program for the residents in the Department of Community Medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, we have to give didactic seminars on different topics for the faculty members and the other residents. This is a great exercise not only in speaking and countering, but also,… Keep Reading

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Communicating Correctly: A Community Based Communication Exercise

The sixth age shiftsInto the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wideFor his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,Turning again toward childish treble, pipesAnd whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,That ends this strange eventful history,Is second childishness and mere oblivion,Sans… Keep Reading

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On Being A Gadfly

Although this is the age of Evidence Based Medicine, in large parts of our country, the “E” in EBM does not stand for Evidence, and more often than not, means “Eminence”. Medicine, for a long time, was resistant to the influx of new ideas. While reading the Gawande article on the History of Surgery in… Keep Reading

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