SKIMS to offer 12 new super-specialty courses this academic calendar

To cater to growing demand of super-specialists in tertiary care health set-up, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) will be offering 12 new fellowship courses this academic session.

The institute will introduce four super-specialty courses, four post-doctoral fellowships, and four broad specialty courses this academic session.

An official while giving details said that doctors can enroll themselves in one of the courses in order to acquire skill-sets often required in a tertiary care setup.

The courses that the institute will offered include DM in nephrology, MCh in surgical gastroenterology, DNB in neuro-anesthesiology, DNB in cardiac anesthesiology, fellowship in minimal access surgery, spine surgery, hand and microsurgery, interventional cardiology, MD in emergency medicine, DNB in anatomy, DNB in physiology and DNB in ENT.

Director SKIMS, Prof Omar Javed Shah, while giving details said that super-specialty courses and post-doctoral fellowships provide opportunities to gain hands–on experience in advanced sub-specialty domains.

“Multiple factors over several decades have led to our current state of medical education and reliance on fellowship training. Some of these are attributable to influences outside of training and others are directly related to changes in medical residency training,” he said.

He added that regardless of these factors, doctors may choose fellowship training in order to focus their clinical practice and to become experts in their particular sub-specialty of medicine and surgery.

A senior doctor said there was a high demand in medical colleges and training institutes for such courses.

“There is a widespread perception that many resident doctors lacking the skills necessary to confidently perform many advanced laparoscopic operations. Fellowships have the potential to bridge the gaps found in many residencies,” he said.

He added that the fellowships provide the graduating resident with an opportunity to master skills, gain confidence and progressive autonomy, and receive further mentorship.

The Director SKIMS said all the trainings and fellowships being offered were recognized under Indian Medical Council Act.

He said the quality research output from SKIMS was expected to increase dramatically with introduction of these courses.

“This will increase the visibility of SKIMS on the research map in particular and augment the research output from India in general,” he said.

The advanced courses, an official at the Institute said, will also address shortage of manpower required to run five new medical colleges and AIIMS-type institutions coming up in J&K.