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Interview: AIIMS should develop newer areas in medicine and bring them to the fore — Dr Randeep Guleria

Dr Randeep Guleria, a renowned pulmonologist, was recently appointed as director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. In an exclusive interview with India Medical Times, Dr Guleria shares his views on the challenges being faced by the AIIMS and improvements he wants to bring in as director of the premier medical institute.

Dr Randeep Guleria
Dr Randeep Guleria

You have been working with AIIMS for more than 23 years. How do you feel being appointed as the AIIMS director?

It’s a great honour, at the same time a big responsibility because AIIMS is one of the premier institutes of the country and one would like to see it reach new heights in terms of both – patient care and research & academy.

What are the challenges that AIIMS faces today?

Challenges in AIIMS today include the huge patient load. We need to streamline it and make it more user-friendly so that patients don’t have to wait for a long time for consultations. At the same time, we need to work on the strategy so that investigations are done quickly. We also need to involve AIIMS in doing cutting age research, collaborate with international research groups so that we come at the top with researches relevant to our country. Also, we will have a very good academic programme so that the doctors who come out of the institute are best not only in India but all over the world.

Where is AIIMS today on digitization platform?

We are doing a lot of digitization at AIIMS. A lot of our reports have become totally digital, reports are seen online and patients can download their reports. Our OPD services are also digitalized so that one can get online appointment of doctors and therefore they don’t have to come to AIIMS to book an appointment.

Moving further, we need to make the hospital totally digital and make it as paperless as possible, both in terms of record keeping and transmission of data. Interlinking all the laboratories are being done so that the report reaches to the concerned department and doctors as soon as possible. The report will be sent to doctors’ computer through intranet so that there should be no wastage of time in collecting the report physically and then start the treatment.

What are your priority areas to work upon?

Like I said, priorities that we have in front of us is improving the patient care and reach out to the poorest of the poor so that they also get quality treatment without having to spend too much.

Another priority is to look upon the areas of research for our country and start focusing on that. We need to look at global research groups so that they can help us and then together we can do innovative and transitional research which will be relevant to our country’s needs.

You had established India’s first centre for pulmonary medicine and sleep disorder at AIIMS in 2011. Which qualities make it unique?

There are two parts of this centre – one is the pulmonary medicine which is pulmonary critical care. But we also realised that now a lot of patients, because of obesity epidemic, suffer from sleep related disorder, that’s why we have now combined pulmonary and sleep disorder department where we are trying to also look at sleep disorder. As we have seen more and more obese individuals, including children, we are seeing a large number of patients who have excessive snoring and disturbed sleep at night, which has a long-term consequence leading to heart disease and diabetes. We are now developing that as a new area in terms of pulmonary and sleep medicine.

Are you planning to bring any changes in the education system at AIIMS?

In the education system, I personally feel that there are two very important issues. One is to change the curriculum to suit our changing times. Lot of curriculum needs to look at newer issues in our country, newer emerging diseases; non-communicable diseases programmes should be included.

Availability of IT based teaching materials should be done so that students can download study materials, which can give them better education. At the same time, we should also look at the very good examination system, which is practical based. A lot of exams have become theory based with a lot of mugging.

For medicine, theory is important, but it is also important to know how to interact with patients, so that has to become a part of exams also so that the doctor comes out as a complete doctor rather than just a person who is good in theory but not good at practices.

What vision do you have for the next five years at AIIMS?

Our vision is to become best in both patient-care, streamline procedures so that we have minimum waiting period for patients, try expand our area so that we have good space for patients to seat and no overcrowding of the area. We are also looking at expanding our emergency services because currently we have a lot of crowd in the emergency. At the same time, we need to develop newer areas in medicine whether it is stem cells or nanotechnology, emerging specialities and bring them in the forefront.

What’s your message for the readers?

I would need all the support and the advice from my peers in helping me reach new heights. I am sure with everyone’s good wishes, we together can work for a better community and better patient care. That’s why we are all doctors!

by Rajni Pandey

14 Comments

  1. Durga Prasad Durga Prasad Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Hello sir Mere father Shri Mahipal JI ko AIIMS Hospital Bhopal mein Bharti karaya tha jis mein Mere father ki death Ho Gayi aapke Hospital main doctor Hoon apni Marzi se kaam kiya ICU nih hone ka ka bahana Diya galat medicine Di dhamki De Doctor ki laparwahi Ke Karan Mere father ki death Hui Hai doctor Kakinada ki aapko Jahan complaint karna hai kar do Hamara kuch nih hoga doctor name SURESH RAI BHALLA ta

    No.9981862409

    • Biplab Mahato Biplab Mahato Monday, June 24, 2019

      Very sad news.

      1. How do you know that wrong medicine was given ??? Did you consult with any other doctor with your father details treatment ???

      2. Why not complain in Consumer court or civil court for medical negligence ?

      3. Another thing Dr Randeep Guleria is from AIIMS New Delhi . But your father died in AIIMS Bhopal. Both are not same only the name are same.

  2. Raj K Tiwari Raj K Tiwari Friday, September 21, 2018

    Hello sir hum Priyanka Raj Tiwari h. Hmare pti ko AML h
    Hum ek mhine 15 din se Delhi state cancer institute me
    Dwa kra rhe par ynha enki tbiyat aur jyada kharab ho rhi
    h. Aap plz humse baat kar lijiye hum aapko unki sab
    Problems btana chahte h. Plz sir plz humse ek baar
    Baat kar lijiye.
    Mo. No. – 9717996686

  3. Abhishek Kumar Abhishek Kumar Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Good morning sir
    Sir Mai brachial plexus injury (BPI) se grasit hun, 6 months se aiims Ka chakkr lga that hun sir Maine Dr.hitesh Kumar se treatment krwa rha tha unhone hand specialist Hadi opd me refer kiye unhone Bola accident ke 7 months to operations ho jana chahiye pr kuch nhi ho paya life khatm ho jayegi sir

  4. Sahil parashar Sahil parashar Sunday, August 19, 2018

    Sir, apse gujarish hai ki mere papa ka jald se jald elaj ki jarurat hai Allms mein dikhaya tha doctor chirom amit singh ji ko unone tast likha ha sir un tast ka time kafi lamba time hai sir mere papa ki najuk halat hai ap ankurit hai jald elaj karwaya mere papa ko cancer hai or bahut garib hai na koi pinal hai sir time nhi please sir ..

    Mera naam.sahil parashar
    Papa ka naam .manoj parashar
    Phone no.9568136523.8755848881

  5. INAM INAM Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Dear Concern,

    We are looking for a good eye hospital to seek medical consultation & treatment for a patient. How can I contact AIIMS hospital management to communicate & share the previous reports???. I sent several emails with no response. The contact numbers are not responding.

    Please consider this email & revert us.

    Inam Ali
    Dammamm
    Saudi Arabia
    00966598712062
    inamalizoor@gmail.com

  6. Sudhir Kharva Sudhir Kharva Saturday, June 23, 2018

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  7. Brijesh kumar Sharma Brijesh kumar Sharma Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Sir aapke hospital me kaphi laparwahi hoti hai or private ward me jo paisent admit hota hai usko sahi se khana nahi milta hai or khane me bade bade kidhai milte hai doctor paisent ko baar baar bulakar unka paisa barbad karwate hai or baad me kahte hai ki ilaj nahi ho payega jo paisa paisent jma karta hai wo bhi use nahi milta hai

  8. Dipanshu verma Dipanshu verma Saturday, January 6, 2018

    Sir I.m student of class 11th & i want aiims doctor .
    My and my family dream . Sir

  9. Preeti singh Preeti singh Monday, December 18, 2017

    Dear Sir we are not found any emails or please send Admit card for the recruitment the post of library Attendant Gd.|| , Please please help me

  10. Raj kumar Raj kumar Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Hello,sir am the 5th year student of MBBS now in Xuzhou medical university, china. i liked your ideas so much. one day i would like to do work in AIIMS,Delhi.your vision for AIIMS is very good. one day it will be fulfill.Thank you

  11. Preeti Singh Preeti Singh Saturday, October 14, 2017

    sir I am educated, and I’m interested this job, Data entry operator. my qualification B.A./M.A. compiled 2009 thanks

  12. Pushpendra Kumar ray Pushpendra Kumar ray Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Sir I am a staff nurse. My dream that I work in
    Aiims hospital. I can try to try get in aiims exam but I can’t not success. But my begain tryor.
    And sir I work without paying.

  13. Pushpendra Kumar ray Pushpendra Kumar ray Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Sir I am a staff nurse. My dream that I work in
    Aiims hospital. I can try to try get in aiims exam but I can’t not success. But my begain tryor

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