The medical profession is considered to be one of the noblest professions in the world. The practice of medicine is capable of rendering noble service to humanity provided due care, sincerity, efficiency and professional skills are observed by the doctors. However, medicine is an inexact science. One cannot predict with certainty an outcome of cases many a time. The axiom “you learn from your mistakes” is too little honored in healthcare. A well publicized malpractice case can ruin the doctors career and practice. Therefore, medico legal cases make an integral part of medical practice. Proper handling and accurate documentation of these cases is of prime importance to avoid legal complications.
On 25th November 2018, Department of Orthopaedics and Forensic Medicine and Toxicology jointly organized a CME on ‘Medicolegal Aspect in Clinical Practice’ as a tribute to late Dr RS Naik who headed the department of Forensic Science at MGIMS for three decades.
In the inaugural ceremony, Dr Nitin Gangane, Dean, MGIMS welcomed the guests and delegates. Chief Guest Dr BS Garg, Secretary Kasturba Health Trust, Sevagram appreciated the efforts of Department of Orthopaedics and Forensic Medicine for addressing the issue. Dr Bipin Tirpude, Organizing Chairman, Director Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, MGIMS, Sevagram put forward the theme of CME and acknowledged the magnanimous work rendered by Dr RS Naik in the form of teacher, guide, mentor, head and an administrator. Guests of honor for the inaugural function were Dr PD Madavi (Civil Surgeon, Wardha) and Dr AJ Anjankar (Registrar, DMIMSU, Sawangi)
Dr SP Kalantri (Medical superintendent, Kasturba Hospital) initiated the discussion by providing the opening remark on the medicolegal issues. Representatives from various departments put forward medicolegal problems faced by them and expert faculty correctly addressed their queries. The session was chaired by Dr Sucheta Tidke (Professor and Head of Anaesthesia) and Dr Bharati Taksande (Professor of Medicine). Dr AK Shukla, Dr Dilip Gupta, Dr Atul Tayade, Dr Vijashree Deotale, Dr Poonam Shivkumar, Dr, Jyoti Jain, Dr Prakash Nagpure, Dr Manish Jain and Dr Kiran Wandile chaired different sessions of the CME. Dr AM Mehendale (Head of Community Medicine) chaired the academic session.
Dr Tirpude provided inputs on how to appear in the courts for providing medical evidence. Dr Manish Shrigirwar (Dean, GMC, Yavatmal) spoke on the sensitive topic of ‘examination of sexually assaulted victim’. Dr Rajendra Bangal (Ex-Dean, Professor and Head Department of FMT, Kashivai Navale Medical College, Pune) thoroughly discussed the topic of ‘medical negligence’. Dr Shivendra Kumar Singhal, (Dean, ACPM Dhule) spoke eloquently on doctor-patient relationship. Dr Ashutosh Apte (Sr. Orthopaedics Consultant, Nagpur) gave his inputs over pre-operative consent. Dr Pawan Tekade, (Professor and Head of FMT, PDMC, Amaravati) explained injuries in medicolegal views. Dr Swanand Pathak (Professor and Head of Pharmacology, JNMC Sawangi) spoke on medication errors and medicolegal aspect. Dr Jayant Vagha, an MGIMS alumnus and Professor of Paediatrics, JNMC, Savangi spoke on the importance of good communication skills. Dr Amol Singham (Professor and Head of Anaesthesia) along with his team explicitly demonstrated the importance of communication skills and coping with death in their role play. Other allied departments problems were also discussed. Dr Rajesh Randad (Sr. Dentist, Akola) discussed ‘Dentistry and Medicolegal Aspect’. Mrs. Kanchan Shende (Tutor, Kasturba Nursing College, Sevagram) provided Medicolegal issues in nursing care.
In the CME, representatives from Judiciary and Law Council were also present which included Adv. PB Taori (Sr. Advocate, Wardha), Adv RB Somani, (Former Chairman, Consumer forum, Akola), Adv. Ashok Pawade, (Dean, School of Law, GH Raisoni University, Chhindwada) and Dr Ravishankar (HOD, Yashwant Law School, Wardha). Several other topics were also discussed by Dr CM Badole, Dr Atul Tayade, Dr Bipin Tirpude, Dr PN Murkey, Dr Kiran Wandile, Dr Indarajit Khandekar and Dr Pravin Zopate. In the last session, panel discussion was organized. Forensic Medicine Expert and representative from Judiciary actively took part in which thorough discussion was done to obtain solutions of medicolegal issues while practicing medical profession.
Nearly 300 delegates registered and took benefit of the CME which included senior and junior faculty members, medical officers, residents, interns, nursing staff , nursing students and private practioners from Wardha,.
Dr CM Badole, Professor and Head of Orthopaedics was the organizing secretary for the CME. The CME concluded with valedictory function. Dr Pravin Zopate gave vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude towards guests and delegates. Dr Deepak Tyagi compered the function.