US Urological association to help build education cell

VADODARA: Aspiring urologists in the country will now get a global advantage with American Urological Association (AUA) helping Urological Society of India (USI) to set up an education cell. This was shared by Dr Gopal Badlani, first Indian appointed as the secretary general of the prestigious AUA during his visit to Jayaramdas Patel Academic Centre (JPAC) in Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital (MPUH) in Nadiad.

Badlani is professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. He along with team of doctors at MPUH are conducting prospective study on Turp and Bipolar Vaporisation surgery for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition developed at old age in men. Talking about the cell Badlani told TOI, "Medical education in India is not uniform. Through this cell, we are looking at conducting teaching programmes, review curriculum and help USI to provide education on best medical practices in urology offered at global level.

AUA's motive is to reach out to people in other countries and share knowledge. As an Indian in the body, I will be extending all possible help to USI." Badlani also said that there is a need to provide web-based curriculum to residents. "We need to have modules for medical students which they can access from anywhere. This in a way will create uniformity in educational content delivered and taught to them across the country. Even government hospitals need to standardise their facilities and treatment," added Badlani, who was felicitated by MPUH on his appointment in AUA.

"We are doing a joint exercise in doing prospective study on turp and bipolar vaporisation surgery. Both hospitals will conduct 60 surgeries each to see the efficiency of this surgical process over the laser treatment which is costlier than the one which is being tested," medical director of MPUH Dr Mahesh Desai said.