How much does it cost to educate a medical student?

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How much does it cost to educate a medical student?

Got a whatsapp forward today, not sure who is the author of this forward, but it did resonate with my thoughts. A common proposition which is driving unreasonable service bonds in India is that medical seats cost runs in lakhs. But all these cost estimates do not take into account the real purpose of a medical college. Many a times we all doctors have heard people telling us that why we all run away from rural service when money has been spent on us by the government. But nobody asks the same question from graduates from other domains on whom the government has been spending even higher amounts of money. The post below gives a doctor’s perspective:

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How much does it cost to educate a medical student?

6 lakhs? 13 lakhs?
Take the budget (yearly fund) of running a medical college and divide it by the number of MBBS students and you will get the figure.
But is this money really spent on the students?
Let’s see.
What are the things bought with this money?
Medicines
ECG machines
Scanners (CT /USG)
Patient beds
Wards
Operation theatres….
THE WHOLE HOSPITAL BUILDING IS ONLY FOR THE PATIENTS!
What about the teachers?
The teachers are doctors, who are engaged full time in treating the sick (outpatient work, ward rounds, operations, medico legal – court and certificate work)
Basically they just explain the techniques of diagnosis and treatment to the medico during the routine work.
Theory and seminars (pure rescuing) are rare duties for these doctors- maybe once in a week or once in a month.
But are there staff only teaching?
Yes. There are three departments which do not routinely do patient- related work routinely.
Anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER “NON CLINICAL” DEPARTMENTS? AREN’T THEY PURELY FOR TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS?
Even the so called “non clinical” departments like patho and micro are full time occupied in processing blood tests, infections and tissue samples.(patient care)
So this means there are just about 45 teaching staff, four or five lecture halls, some seminar halls, couple of hostels, and an “academic section” (13 clerks) and a principal – purely involved in teaching medical students!
The students have to pay tuition fees, van fees, hostel fees- to pay for all the above mentioned “luxuries” 
SO…..
A MEDICAL COLLEGE IS JUST A SUPER-SPECIALTY HOSPITAL WITH MEDICAL STUDENTS OBSERVING THE PROCEDURES.
The money spent purely on the education of a medical student is so small, because……
all the (medical college) funds are used for patients, wards, even cold rooms to store dead bodies
BUT NOT FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS!
Now go to an engineering college…. Or , go to an arts college-
Everything there- 
The buildings, 
The countless numbers of 
Lecture halls and seminar rooms
The office sections (all of them)
The laboratories,
The playgrounds, 
And the salaries of every single teacher, clerk and sweeper….
IS FOR THE STUDENTS!
ONLY FOR THE STUDENTS!
No direct community service by the teachers!
Just teach the students and go home! No other work!
What about engineering colleges? 
Their precision machinery, their high tech labs, their computers…
Does the civil engineering department build houses for the poor?
NO
Does electrical department provide lighting for the rural?
NO
Does chemical department help in control of pollution?
NO
Does mechanical department help repair our transport buses?
NO!
but every single medical student serves the poor and needy during house surgeoncy!
No lunch! 
No dinner!
No sleep!
And after that?One year RURAL SERVICE!
Does the B Com student help government in clerical work?
Does engineering student spend a year in PWD? or electricity board?
WHY NOT? 
WHY IIT STUDENTS GO TO AMERICA WITHOUT SPENDING A SINGLE MINUTE IN SERVING INDIAN POOR?
Are IIT graduates allergic to India?
Dear friend, government spends crores on education, BUT NOT FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS!
In fact, a medical student is the CHEAPEST GRADUATE produced by the government. (cheaper than even BA literature or LLB)
Spread the word. Doctor owes less to society than a BCom student! But still they serve you!
Your money will not compensate their sacrifices.
Respect their service to you.
That’s all they want in return. 
If you have a doctor friend, a doctor relative, or a doctor whom you love and respect, show your love by forwarding this message!
Also Read: 
DISPARITIES IN THE SALARY OF RESIDENT DOCTORS IN INDIA

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