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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 204

Presidential Address

Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
A K Bajaj
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Bajaj A K. Presidential Address. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2003;69:204

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Bajaj A K. Presidential Address. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2003 [cited 2020 Jun 6];69:204. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?2003/69/3/203/938

At the very outset I must thank all the members of IADVL for my unopposed election as President of this august body.

Our triple speciality has come of age and now a number of subspecialities/superspecialities like dermatosurgery, pediatric dermatology, cosmetology, contact and occupational dermatitis, dermatopathology, laser surgery and even HIV medicine have made significant strides over the last few years. The only word of caution is "Don’t follow modern technology blindly but don’t be blind to it". We must build bridges between modern technology and traditional wisdom to provide benefits to the poor people in our developing country.

In this era of globalization, the mantra to success is quality control. For the comprehensive development of our speciality, the most important quality control measures need to be aimed at teaching institutes. India is a country of paradoxes and the same is true of our speciality. We have oases and deserts of dermatology. We have a few institutions of international standards while many more have poor infrastructure and few trained teachers. How can we improve the teaching standards and bring our institutes at par with the best in the world? I strongly feel that post-graduate teaching should be a two tier system. We should designate some well-equipped and well-staffed teaching institutes for awarding MD (Teaching) and for training of teachers. The course should be of 4 years’ duration with dissertation, followed by 3 years of senior residency/ registrarship and only after that should faculty positions be offered. The exchange of teachers and students amongst these institutions is essential to improve the quality of teaching. Private participation should be encouraged in the field of research and management of these institutions. On the other hand, MD (Clinical) should be of 3 years’ duration with no dissertation. The clinicians should undergo a refresher course at stipulated intervals or they must acquire CME accreditations to keep up to date.

Undergraduate teaching also needs to be improved. Undergraduates need to be better trained to manage common conditions and our subject should have better representation in theory and in the practical examination at the MBBS level. Undergraduates are expected to interpret complicated ECG, X-rays and various other investigations and to know more about cardiac and neurological mysteries but they are not expected to know about simple and common cutaneous disorders which can be seen on the surface.

Other fields that require quality control are cosmeceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Leave aside the mention of ingredients of cosmetics, the herbal umbrella provides impunity to incorporate any harmful chemical. Black henna and various herbal oils contain a high concentration of PPD, which is not only a potent sensitizer but also a depigmenting agent. Cosmetics like vermillion, nail polishes and even lipsticks are being manufactured in the backyards of homes, and are being used by the poor strata of society, who experience various adverse reactions.

Though pharmaceuticals are governed and controlled by the Drug Controller, analysis of the product and frequent monitoring of the market are imperative for quality control. It is said that diagnosis is a science but "Therapy is both a science as well as an art". To bring in quality control, we must formulate some uniform therapeutic guidelines for certain life-threatening disorders whose management is controversial and fraught with legal complications.

Last, but not the least, we must practice quality control in the working of our association. Though we do have a constitution governing the working of our association, it is equally important not to indulge in unethical practices by circumventing the constitution. One’s effort should be to give the utmost to the association rather than achieve personal gains at the cost of the association.

Long live IADVL
Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2003

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