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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 525-526
An innovative concept book guide for MBBS students

Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Date of Web Publication18-Jan-2018

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Chandran S, Kishor M, Bhargava S, Jayaram R, Sundararajan R, Prabhu P, Sathyanarayana Rao T S. An innovative concept book guide for MBBS students. Indian J Psychiatry 2017;59:525-6

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Chandran S, Kishor M, Bhargava S, Jayaram R, Sundararajan R, Prabhu P, Sathyanarayana Rao T S. An innovative concept book guide for MBBS students. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Oct 21];59:525-6. Available from:


The medical profession is considered one of the toughest professions to pursue anywhere in the world, yet it attracts thousands of enthusiastic students. In India alone, >60,000 students take up MBBS every year.[1] As students, these individuals will have a lot of new and possibly confronting experiences, and it is during these times that they might look toward books that can offer guidance and insight into the challenges faced by a medical student, especially real-life experiences from people who have transcended similar situations. There is, therefore, a need for books written by doctors for the future doctors sharing their experiences from their medical college days to offer a panoramic view of everything that lies ahead in the medical journey. Books have incredible power; they can make us empathize with a character, explore different perspectives on life, experience different emotions, and ultimately become wiser. Books can be a source of knowledge, inspiration, and relaxation. There are certain types of books that help strengthen motivation, and crucially, develop a better understanding of the people they will be caring for – because doctors deal with people, not just anatomy. With this in mind and with a desire to help build a 360° vantage point to these young doctors, a group of interested students at JSS medical college decided to come up with a book that meets such needs.

“The one thing I would like to tell you” comprises a compilation of messages for a medical undergraduate just beginning their medical journey. The contributors include doctors from various departments, former students, senior students, postgraduates, interns, nurses, and patients themselves so that every stakeholder is involved. It was conveyed that these people should convey just one message, the one piece of advice that they would like to pass on to the future generation of doctors in around 500 words. There is something about requesting people to stand behind that one piece of advice that makes them reflect harder, dig deeper, and it led to some truly extraordinary answers.

It was interesting to note that contributors wrote about various themes pertinent to a medical undergraduate such as the importance of ethics in the medical profession, cultivating compassion for patients, dedication to service, avenues for medical research, the necessity of creativity in medical education, time management, the warmth of friendship, utilization of various resources in a medical college, role of extracurricular activities, importance of nonmedical books, and apps that could be beneficial for medical students and how to start preparing early for postgraduate entrance examinations. This book was made available as a limited edition hard copy freely for all students, and the e-book is free for download from the University website (

It is imperative not only how much students read such matters but also how well they imbibe what they read. Exposure to such material in their formative years will help the student develop complex thinking skills, expand their thought process, and help prepare them for their future life as a professional. It gives them a true picture of the environment they will work in and prepares them to handle not just clinical problems but other real-world problems as well. Currently, the medical curriculum does not include many such “real-life guidance” for budding doctors. It is, however, important to see if such an innovative concept guidance book will significantly benefit budding doctors in the long run and future qualitative studies in that direction are warranted. There is a need for more discussion on various approaches in the integrated multidisciplinary approach in training of medical undergraduates from across India. It is the inventive, customized, and consistent approach that is the need of the hour in Indian Scenario.[2] Books on similar themes like this can be used as an interesting tool on educating the future doctors in developing a holistic approach to medical science.[3] It should be noted that initial feedback from students has been encouraging and more such innovative strategies are required, and experiences are shared across the globe.

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Dr. M Kishor
Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_419_17

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