Mumbai: KEM will hire 3 psychologists to advise its students | Bombay News

MUMBAI: In an effort to reduce stress in the life of a medical student, the BMC-run KEM Hospital in Parel applied for three councilor positions psychologists whose job would be to advise his students.
The announcement, dated June 16, asked for consultant psychologists on a contractual basis and offered a monthly salary of Rs 30,000. Dean of KEM Doctor Sangeeta Ravat said: “A few decades ago, most medical school students were locals. But now over 70% of our students come from outside Mumbai. They are barely 18, far from their parents and in one of the toughest classes. ”
The idea for an advice cell emerged last year, when many postgraduate medical residents were under physical and emotional stress due to Covid duty. Additionally, several college students were convicted for gossip last year.
The counseling cell will be located in the medical school building and will have a discreet entrance so that no student feels stigmatized. “Ideally any student with adjustment/emotional/financial issues should be able to enter the psychiatry department DPObut we found that students don’t feel comfortable with it,” said a senior teacher who did not want to be named.
In addition, the visit to the psychiatric OPD would force them to call their parents. “They might not want to tell their parents they’re depressed because they don’t have enough money to spend,” the teacher said. The counseling cell, on the other hand, will allow them to come in and ask for help.
Apart from the counseling cell, Dr. Ravat also plans to appoint professors of medicine as mentors for the students. “Already 50 teachers have agreed to be mentors,” she said.
While KEM Hospital’s ‘Dosti Student Scheme’ is the first such initiative in the city, AIIMS in Delhi launched student welfare centers a few years ago. Dr. Rajesh Sagar, Professor in Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS Delhi, said the wellness center has specially appointed counselors to assist undergraduate or postgraduate students. “Medical students are particularly vulnerable to stress due to their lifestyles which include long hours in the hospital. Medical residents deal with life-and-death situations on a daily basis and they are away from home and overworked. work,” he said.
International studies have shown that doctors have a 2.5 times higher risk of suicide than the general population. Considering that India is home to 1 million doctors, the number of vulnerable doctors could be high.
Dr Pratima Murthy, director of NIMHANS, Bengaluru, said the institute was working with the Indian Medical Association to set up psychosocial helplines for medical students across the country.

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