Is internship what it's meant to be?
A year of compulsory residential internship is part of the undergraduate medicine in India. Aparna Singhal and Siddharth Bansal wonder if it serves its intended purpose
- By: Aparna Singhal, Siddharth Bansal
When policymakers decided that students would take rotations in different departments after a thorough study of diseases for five years, they couldn't have envisaged the current state of the system. They might have thought that students would become rounded doctors, with at least basic knowledge of the common diseases, and that students might also find a specialty in which to develop. They must have thought that interns would at least become competent providers of primary care should they choose not to specialise. But never would policymakers have imagined that interns would be reduced to doing the work of clerks and orderlies. These jobs are not less important in the care of patients, but they are not what you want to be doing after four to five years of rigorous study and with dreams of being a doctor.
The Medical Council of India describes internship as “a phase of training wherein