Seeing me taking the same interest in their topics and participating in the discussion with same vigour, one of my friends commented, ‘ I thought doctors know nothing more than medicine. But you are proving me wrong.’
I laughed and answered that in today 21st century no one is spared f from the advances of technology. This is the ‘e-generation’ and we doctors are no exceptions to it. We are running in the same world with the same shoes as yours…
With today rapidly transforming world the technology has new advances every day. To keep pace with time one has to upgrade himself with it. The same happened with the field of medicine as well. With arrival of technical boom we too upgraded ourselves with new fields like telemedicine coming up.
But what is more important is to have a man force that could make use of these upcoming utilities. Thus it becomes very important for medical students to be well versed with computers and internet from the very beginning.
The change of pattern of AIIMS examination from paper based exam to an online examination is a significant development with this regard. This encourages a medical aspirant to be tech savvy right from starting.
Of course there are other benefits to it like
• The images which used to be blurry in papers would be more clear with options like zooming and focussing coming as a boon.
• You can make changes in your answers unlike paper based exam where once you have mistakenly ticked a wrong answer you can do nothing except losing your rank due to negative marks.
• The examiners also have an opportunity to add graphics and image based question which unlike the conventional questions could test the reasoning of the candidate.
• There can be multiple testing centers across the country and candidates would not have to travel long distances for giving the exam.
But technology comes with its own disadvantages.
Now when I think of those financially poor candidates for whom affording a book was a question still they managed some how, I realize how unjust this online testing would be for them.
Still in India sixty percent of our population comes from village. With this scenario making the most prestigious examination online makes it difficult for these people to get in. Mind you these people have got brains, probably more then you and me, but they do not have the exposure to internet and technology like us. This decision is a gross negligence on their part. This would create a bias in selection with more selections coming from well to do families and lesser selections from the poor geniuses who could not afford to get access to technology.
Nevertheless all problems come with solution. Weighing the advantages this online system holds it seems imbecile to revert back to traditional paper and pen method . However, what we need to make it a fair play for all is to provide demo test available for all in need at no or negligible cost and let them get used to the system.
The world is moving forward, To pace with it we can not simply keep standing where we already are. I and you will have to take a step forward. Then why not Now? Lets start it sooner and lets be the better than anyone in the world…
May this online testing takes us one step forth with the advancing time.
It was our school reunion, sitting between the oceans of engineers around I felt like a pearl closed in a shell, alone between the tides. Yet the reunion was special for I was seeing my old friends after a long time.....