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Dr K K Aggarwal

Dr KK Aggarwal
Dr BC Roy Awardee
Sr Physician and Cardiologist,
Moolchand Medcity
President, Heart Care
Foundation of India
Gp Editor-in-Chief,
IJCP Group
Delhi Medical Council
Director, IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09)


Dear Colleague,                                                                                                            22nd October

Can a doctor promote himself on the signboard?

There is a DMC order in this regard. Complaint number 538/2009/ dated 2nd June, 2009. [The council examined a complaint of Shri R.K. Goyal r/o. 3313/31-H, Inderlok, Delhi alleging professional misconduct on the part of Dr. B.R. Singla r/o. 9-A, Inder Lok Main Bazar, New Delhi  forwarded by Medical Council of India.  The council observed that this complaint is an off-shoot of civil litigation going on between the complainant and Dr. B.R. Singla for vacation of the premises from where Dr. B.R. Singla is running his clinic.  Be that as it may be, Dr. B.R. Singla is under obligation to conduct himself with propriety in his profession in the manner as ordained under the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics), Regulations, 2002. It is noted on perusal of prescription pad of Dr. B.R. Singla that he boasts of being specialist in number of diseases listed therein with a claim of having 35 years of experience.  This action of Dr. B.R. Singla is in violation of Regulation 6.1.1 of the IMC Regulations, 2002, which mandates that ?A physician shall not make use of him / her (or his / her name) as subject of any form or manner of advertising or publicity through any mode either alone or in conjunction with others which is of such a character as to invite attention to him or to his professional position, skill, qualification, achievements, attainments, specialties, appointments, associations, affiliations  or  honours  and/or  of  such character as would ordinarily result in his self aggrandizement?.? And Regulation 6.1.2 states that ?Printing of self photograph or any such material of publicity in the letter head or on sign board of the consulting room or any such clinical establishment shall be regarded as acts of self advertisement and unethical conduct on the part of the physician?.? Dr. B.R. Singla has also violated provisions of Regulation 7.13 which states that ?It is improper for a physician to use an unusually large sign board and write on it anything other than his name, qualifications obtained from a University or a statutory body, titles and name of his specialty, registration number including the name of the State Medical Council under which registered. The same should be the contents of his prescription papers?..? In view of observations made hereinabove, Delhi Medical Council issued a warning to Dr. B.R. Singla (DMC registration No. 31624) for the aforementioned acts of professional misconduct. 
Comments: this subject needs discussion. In the west doctors can advertise. Once the medical profession is under CPA and a patient is a consumer with doctor a service provider why than consumer rules are not applicable to the profession.  

Dr KK Aggarwal

DMC Election for DMC seat tomorrow

The election for the 9th member of DMC, DMA representative will be held tomorror 9am-4pm at DMA hall Daryaganj. Dr Ashwini Dalmiya sitting secretary of DMA in all likely going the win the seat. 

Study suggests brain function improves in older adults after short time surfing Internet.
Older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days.  In a study presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, researchers asked 24 neurologically normal adults, aged 55 to 78 to surf the Internet while hooked up to an MRI machine. Before the study began, half the participants had used the Internet daily, and the other half had little experience with it.  The researchers said that at baseline, those with prior Internet experience showed a much greater extent of brain activation, but after at-home practice those who had just been introduced to the Internet were catching up to those who were old hands. Uptil now the cognitive improving exercises were bridge and chess. Now internet surfing has been added to the same.

Drug based on snake venom being tested as heart failure treatment.
As per Wall Street Journal a drug, currently known as CD-NP, based on venom from the eastern green mamba snake may be used to help very ill patients with heart failure. Early research on the drug indicated that it increased kidney function but did not greatly reduce blood pressure.

FDA approves Glaxo seasonal flu vaccine for children.
 The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the seasonal flu vaccine Fluarix for children. While previously approved for adults, it is now approved for children ages three to 17 years old.

Research indicates dextrose may alleviate some postoperative nausea, vomiting.

As per Yale scientists patients need not fear post-operative nausea and vomiting as much if they take dextrose. Investigators assigned half of 56 surgery patients to receive dextrose immediately after their operations, while the remaining participants received a placebo. All patients were treated with general anesthesia and received an antiemetic, which can prevent some nausea and vomiting. Yet, those who received the dextrose were at much lower risk of developing nausea and vomiting. They were also discharged from a postoperative care unit more quickly than the others.

Letter to the editor

Thanks for lots of good information. Having more medical colleges is a welcome move. Vertical growth is compatible with quality in medical education as long as norms are adhered to. Let the DMC be a help in maintaining the quality of medical education in all possible ways. At least it can serve as whistle blower and advise its members to do so. At least no-member of DMC should be part of the procedure leading to flouting of the rules. Additionally, RTI Act 2005 may be used for the purpose.  I am not sure whether the private medical colleges fall under purview of RTI Act 2005, if not so, I suggest DMC can initiate the move to get it done. I am sure it will go a long way in assuring the quality of medical education. Let us maintain the highest quality in medical education, the thing for which Indians are known worldwide. (Dr K K Deepak, Professor of Physiology, AIIMS)

Editors comments: Education falls und the MCI and not under the state councils. The suggestions have been forwarded to MCI.

Thought of the Day

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi

Funny One liner

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

Viagra Joke
Q: What do Viagra and Disney World have in common?
A: A one-hour wait for a two-minute ride.

Medinews Doctor of the Year Award

IJCP group will starting 10th Jan 2010 this year, every year on second Sunday of January, will award 20 medinews  Doctor of the Year Award to eminent doctors who have done outstanding work in the previous year (2009 for this year). The award will be distributed during a day long CME: MEDINEWS 2009 revisiting the year 2009. This will be a yearly event.  The award will carry a citation, shawl, coconut kalash, scenery and a memento.



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