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Kar S.S.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | Ramalingam A.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | Premarajan K.C.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | Roy G.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry
International Journal of Preventive Medicine | Year: 2014

Background: Inadequate attention to management and institutional reforms is an important barrier to achieving universal health coverage. Skilled and motivated public health managers in adequate numbers are an important requirement to overcome this hurdle. However, what are the career choices of medical students? Are they interested in Community Medicine and Public Health? To document the career choices of MBBS students and their perceptions toward Community Medicine as a career option.Methods: A cross sectional survey was carried out among 226 MBBS students (III, V and VII semesters) studying in a tertiary care teaching hospital of South India during July-October 2011. A pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire was used, and information was collected on socio-demographic variables, choice of specialty and reasons for preference. Qualitative content analysis of student feedback was done by categorization and interpretation of data in terms of common themes.Results: Of the 226 available students, 204 (90.3%) students returned the completely filled questionnaires. Of them, 101 (49.5%) were girls. The mean (standard deviation) age of the participants was 20.13 (±1.3) years. Almost all (92.1%) wanted to pursue post-graduation in India and Internal medicine was the most preferred career choice (30.9%). The qualitative responses for opinion about Community Medicine as a career choice were interpreted under two themes; those that were favorable and those not so favorable.Conclusions: There is limited preference for Community Medicine as a career choice. curriculum modification and explanation of career path after post-graduation in Community Medicine will help to generate interest in the subject. © 2014, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences(IUMS). All rights reserved. Source


Roopa K.S.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | Karthika K.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | Sugumar M.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | Bammigatti C.,Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and ResearchPuducherry | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research | Year: 2015

Introduction: Scrub typhus, a zoonotic disease is one of the most covert emerging and re-emerging Rickettsial infections. There is an upsurge in the incidence of the disease worldwide with ever-changing habitat. Clinical diagnosis of scrub typhus is challenging as the signs and symptoms of scrub typhus are similar to other febrile illnesses. In developing countries, among the various laboratory tests to diagnose scrub typhus, Weil-Felix test is commonly performed despite its low sensitivity. The Immunofluorescence antibody (IFA) test has its limitations in terms of cost and expertise required. The present study was conducted to determine the seropositivity of IgM ELISA for scrub typhus in clinically suspected cases. Materials and Methods: Weil-Felix test and IgM ELISA were performed using clinically suspected cases of scrub typhus using commercially available kits. Results: Out of 482 samples tested, 109 were positive by both Weil-Felix test and IgM ELISA. One hundred and sixteen samples which were negative by Weil-Felix test reacted positive by IgM ELISA. Fourteen samples which were positive by Weil-Felix test were negative by ELISA.Conclusion: Owing to the limitations of the Weil-Felix test and IFA, commercially available recombinant IgM ELISA which has a good sensitivity and specificity may be an alternative in laboratories with moderate set up. © 2015, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.All rights reserved. Source

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