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Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-9

A survey of the training professional status and career opportunities of pediatric surgeons in the Indian context.

Department of Pediatric Surgery Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160012

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K L Narasimhan
Department of Pediatric Surgery Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160012

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ABSTRACT: Background/Objective: A survey of the views of Pediatric Surgeons on the training, status and career of pediatric surgery in India. Method: By a qestionnaire mailed to 200 randomly selected members of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons representing different age groups and centers throughout India. Results: Only 50 questionnaires were returned. Six percent of the respondent pediatric surgeons were women. The majority of the respondents felt that long training years did not affect their family life and 94percent of the respondents had one or more children. Only 50 percent of the respondents were economically satisfied. Twenty-eight percent had to resort to general practice and general surgery to augment their income. Three fourths felt that they had sufficient training and were doing quality professional work. Two third felt the need for a change in the training program based on their practical professional lives. They felt the need for a uniform curriculum, better hands-on experience, and rotation during the training period among 2 or 3 centers. A need for refresher training courses was felt in the areas of endoscopy (70 percent respondents), neonatal surgery (28 percent respondents) and critical care (26 percent respondents). The cities were overcrowded with pediatric surgeons but there were insufficient practitioners in the rural areas. All the responses received were from the cities and the large towns. Sixty percent of the pediatric surgeons in practice had to use unskilled nursing staff to manage their patients postoperatively. The majority of the pediatric surgeons felt that general surgeons had inadequate training to operate on children and that better cooperation with pediatricians during training will help foster a good professional relationship in the private sector.Conclusion: More thorough curriculum planning, training, and proper placement, along with help from the pediatricians in the community and the institutions, are necessary to achieve a high quality of pediatric surgical services.

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