Organ donation may be part of MBBS syllabus


Sumati Yengkhomi    12 October 2017

KOLKATA: In an effort to boost cadaver donation in the state, the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (Rotto) has urged the West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) to include organ donation in its MBBS syllabusOur proposal to the WBUHS vice-chancellor is to introduce various topics encompassing organ donation in the MBBS course. We are waiting for the response. Doctors, too, need to spread awareness on organ donation. So why not start it from the classroom? If the need arises, we will also approach the Medical Council of India, said Rotto joint director Dr Arpita Ray Chaudhury.According to those working on the organ donation movement, incorporating the subject in the curriculum will help in sensitizing wouldbe doctors. Since they will communicate the most with patients relatives, lessons on concepts like brain death, organ retrieval and transplant in advance may go a long way in promoting organ donation, they felt.Sensitization of the medical fraternity will be of great help. Every year, nearly 2,500 students pass out of medical colleges in the state. Therefore, it would be great if they are familiarised with the topic in the college itself, said Dr Rajendra Pandey, head of nephrology department at SSKM Hospital.Every doctor must have an idea about organ donation. For example, for an RMO manning the ICU, it means a lot if he knows about brain death and organ donation. We should also think about introducing the subject even in school education so that the concept is popular among the general population, said Dr Pratim Sengupta, nephrologist with Belle Vue. Rotto has plans of going for a signature campaign, making every head of departments of all medical colleges to support the proposal. When an MBBS student has an idea about this concept, it will motivate them on organ donation, said Dr Sugata Dasgupta, critical care specialist with RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.

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