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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 403-404
Doctors interested in alternative learning: JSS DIAL - An innovative facility by the doctors for the doctors!!


1 Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Paediatrics, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Paediatrics; Department of Internal Medicine, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Date of Web Publication6-Oct-2017
 

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Kishor M, Shabadi N, Chandak A, Manjunath V G, Kiran H S, Sathyanarayana Rao T S. Doctors interested in alternative learning: JSS DIAL - An innovative facility by the doctors for the doctors!!. Indian J Psychiatry 2017;59:403-4

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Kishor M, Shabadi N, Chandak A, Manjunath V G, Kiran H S, Sathyanarayana Rao T S. Doctors interested in alternative learning: JSS DIAL - An innovative facility by the doctors for the doctors!!. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Dec 10];59:403-4. Available from: http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/text.asp?2017/59/3/403/216175




Sir,

Doctors unlike any other profession practice with constant learning and their interaction is but with complexities arising from biological, social, psychological, legal, political, and economic world around them. There is a need to constantly broaden our understanding beyond the medical textbooks so that we are enriched, inspired, and remain humane.

This alternative learning can be through many means and most importantly through literature because literary works can be timeless capsules of varied experiences, of wisdom, of insight, of perspectives, of vision, and so on. For example, books such as; “The checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande brings a solution to medical complexities by simple checklist, taking parallels from practices in Restaurant and Building construction!![1] Famous Bird Watcher Salim Ali's “The Fall of a Sparrow,” records that the WHO invited him to Geneva in 1959 to understand Kyasanur Forest Disease, a tick borne virus encephalitis.[2] BM Hegde's “What doctors don't get to study in Medical School” gives entirely different perspective on lacunae in Medical Education.[3] Nobel Laureate in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz's “The Price of Inequality,” gives global concern in the privatization of health-care services and how people fail to get benefits even when the country is prospering.[4] ”Gitanjali Song Offerings” by Rabindranath Tagore is soothing account to understand the spirit of a person, that looks deep into aspects of life with simplicity and grace.[5]

Thus, considering that books on various topics can be a source of continuous learning for doctors, interested JSS medical college faculty decided that they would pool all their books for common usage among the members enlisted in the facility “JSS DIAL Connect with Books; Read, Discuss, Learn, Refresh.” An exclusive library was started and an online group formed, over ninety faculty came forward and 500 plus books were pooled. As a mark of respect to legendary physician Dr. B C Roy, on whose memory Doctor's Day is celebrated in India, JSS DIAL was inaugurated, and the facility is fully functioning. It is intended to initiate research study to understand the benefit of this innovative facility. However it is worthwhile to see if such a facility can be replicated in other institutions and share from the experiences.

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1.
Gawande A. The Checklist Manifesto. New Delhi: Viking Penguin Books; 2010.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Ali S. The Fall of a Sparrow. New Delhi: Oxford University Press; 2015.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Tagore R. Gitanjali Song Offerings. Mumbai: Embassy Book Distributors; 2011.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Spiglitz JE. The Price of Inequality. London: Penguin Books; 2013.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Hegde BM. What Doctors Don't Get to Study in Medical School. Hyderabad: Paras Medical Publisher; 2014.  Back to cited text no. 5
    

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Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_243_17

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