|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
When research closes our minds and thoughts
Department of Medicine, KG's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Submission||10-Oct-2021|
|Date of Decision||19-Dec-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||19-Dec-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||03-Mar-2022|
Dr. Harish Gupta
Department of Medicine, KG's Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Gupta H. When research closes our minds and thoughts. J Prim Care Spec 2022;3:1-2
“The man who does not make up his mind to cultivate the habit of thinking misses the greatest pleasure in life.” – Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), American inventor and entrepreneur.
Paul et al. obtained feedback from postgraduate students about (their) workshop on making an effective research paper and then got their results published on September 29, 2021, in this prestigious journal. They conducted a workshop for beginners in the trade following rules and regulations of the national regulatory body of medical education. At the end of the formal 2 days educational endeavor, they distributed a questionnaire, got responses from the participants, and then analyzed its data. In this original article, we go through the residents' feedback which provides an important insight into what goes through minds of new breed of young doctors, what do they value the most and what are their concerns.
It's refreshing to recognize that when present-day literature gives the maximum importance to concerns of who's who of our hierarchy, few are interested to interrogate the beginners. Youngsters of any profession follow the dictum but one day will steer the wheels ; hence making an attempt to recognize their challenges , giving space to their thinking process is an idea ahead of its time and I appreciate the authors for beautifully drafting the research article.
Nevertheless, there are certain concerns which do not find a mention in this study. The workshop was conducted in September 2019, i.e., before COVID-19 times. Since then, our understanding of the universe got transformed. We practice several things which we did before in a different way, changed many habits, and learned many alterations and perhaps will continue to do so in foreseeable future. One of the lasting impacts of the pandemic is that now we socialize in a different way. As this is an airborne respiratory virus, more chances of its spread are there when several people gather together, especially in an enclosed space.
Therefore, if we continue to gather in an enclosed space violating COVID norms, we do so to threaten the stability of our civilization. If the virus keeps on getting transmitted between people, it continues to get a chance to multiply and poses a risk of emergence of newer mutation/s. Moreover, if in a hypothetical scenario, some variant develops resistance to vaccines, our world will again be turned upside down. Therefore, every possible attempt should be made, no stone should remain unturned to follow COVID protocol and avoid gathering of people, especially inside enclosed spaces to avoid possible emergence of such a catastrophe.
However, rules and regulations of the regulatory body are an obstacle to earnestly practice this protocol. Social media is awash with photographs and videos of such workshops/meetings/gatherings where doctors regularly assembled inside halls, exchanged ideas, took snaps, many times masks off, and then uploaded in various groups, sometimes having the date of the event displayed in the background. As the rules make it mandatory to do so for every resident and faculty member to get completion certificate, several such meetings took place around the country just before what we now recognize as a deadly second wave of COVID, fuelled by Delta variant.
What was normal before the pandemic may not necessarily be now “new normal.” Hence, we need to regularly update our rules. When a layperson observes that one can make one's self-recognized important social functions only as per government's instructions, violating which may entail legal repercussions, but doctors' indoor gathering is photographed and displayed on social media, one may become confused. We should practice what we preach and avoid sending out mixed signals, should be the Mantra if we want to succeed. As to the best of my knowledge and belief, the National Medical Commission has not passed any regulation in view of the pandemic in this respect, I sincerely urge the Commission to issue one. As conducting the workshop is mandatory to tick certain checkboxes, sometimes these were conducted when the pandemic was surging in a geography, defying all the logic.
Moreover, in reference number 13 of the article, the authors cite a reference where students' writing skill on case report drafting is assessed. However, the Commission does not give any value to such reports for the purpose of promotion and career advancement to its faculty members. This paradox has been hovering around for long. Hence, I think that time has come for the Commission to clarify the relevant confusion.
Doing research and learning scientific methodology are the means by which we explore the universe to solve the mysteries around us. However, this is neither an end to itself nor a product. Truly possessing these capabilities require us to question anything and everything regardless of the risks posed. If we truly want to be an explorer, we should be ready to go so far in a sea from where shore is not visible. We need to teach our budding generation never to shy away from going unique, reach the unreached, and travel the unchartered territory. If we fail to do so and just keep on repeating what we have been doing before, close our minds and stop raising questions, we will enter a rabbit hole of darkness.
The choice is ours!
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