History of Medicine – its implication to Medical Education

Title: “History of Medicine – its implication to Medical Education”

Speaker: Dr. Mario Vaz; Professor of Physiology & Head of Department of History of Medicine, St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru.

Date & Time of Guest lecture: 06/12/2016, 10:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m

Venue: Lecture Hall – I, A.I.M.S., B.G. Nagara

Participants: I M.B.B.S. students of 2016 – 17 batch (145) & interested teaching faculty (21) from various departments of the institution.


Registration: Registration for the Guest Lecture was done from 10:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m by student volunteers of I M.B.B.S. 2016 – 17 batch under the guidance of a teaching faculty of the department.

Informal inauguration: There was a general & informal welcome address by the anchors to all the delegates gathered. This was followed by a formal introduction of the Guest speaker – Dr. Mario Vaz by Dr. Gayatri Bora, Associate Professor of Physiology, before he began his talk.

Scientific Session 1(10:30 a.m – 11:10 a.m): “The evolution of ethics in research – A historical perspective”. The basic purpose of this session was to provide the student learners a broad insight into the situations & incidents which led to the discovery of different concepts upon which today’s medicine is based – the most primitive & basic inputs to evolution of modern medical science. He gave a sequential build-up of concepts as it evolved through ages, beginning from Charaka & Sushrutha in India to Galen & Hippocrates in Greece – a culmination of contributions of eastern & western worlds in the evolution of medical science from the olden to the modern systems. The lecture also provided the idea on path taken in evolution of modern medicine & research, beginning from a very raw & unethical ways of experimentation of the past to the systematic & ethical methods of conducting research followed today, in the process of adding new knowledge.

Inaugural function & Tea (11:10 a.m – 11:40 a.m): The formal inauguration of the Guest lecture was done after the first scientific session. The guests for the inaugural function on dais were the Principal – Dr. M.G. Shivaramu (Chief guest), Head of Department – Dr. K.N. Narasimhaswamy (Organizing Chairman), Dr. Mario Vaz (Guest speaker), Dr. Venkatesh D (HOD Microbiology),Dr. Rajendra R (HOD Anatomy) & Dr. Aliya Nusrath (HOD Biochemistry) as Guests of Honor. The programme anchoring was done by Miss Nitya & Mr Darshan, I MBBS students. Inauguration began with an invocation song by Miss. Prerana of I M.B.B.S. This was followed by a welcome address by the Organizing Chairman to all the delegates on & off the dais, lighting the lamp by all the guests on the dais followed by address by the Principal.

Scientific session 2 (11:40 am – 12:20 pm): “The student researcher – What can we learn from history”?. The purpose of this session was to provide the student researcher the method of approach towards conducting a research. He gave insights into the protocol of planning & executing a research, beginning from the research idea to the literature search & ethics in research. He provided suitable examples for each of these components from history for a better understanding.

Open House: (12:20 p.m – 1:00 p.m) This session was meant for interaction between the students & the speaker. The students clarified their doubts on various aspects of history of medicine & also on how to decide on when to think of entering into research & the selection of topic of research. The speaker clarified the queries posed in a very convincing manner.

Vote of Thanks: The programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks proposed by Dr. Sudhir, Professor of Physiology, followed by a working lunch for the delegates.