Research publications: Should they be mandatory for promotions of medical teachers?
“It is a sad to know that even though India has the largest number of medical institutes and large biodiversity of population, we are short of quality research publications. Research works originating in our country get patented in the west. Where does the problem lie – with the system or with the teachers?”
The author mentions the discussions that have emerged in the recent months about the pros and cons of research being made mandatory for promotion of medical teachers. She emphasizes upon the need for training and mentoring and also shares ideas about what can be done, and the steps needed to go ahead. We specially appreciate her comment: “Literature should be searched to have an idea on what is already known and how their research will add to current knowledge”.
Appeared in QMedCONNECT Vol 4, Issue 11, Nov 2011