Analysis of Medicolegal Awareness Among Fresh Indian Medical Graduates

Authors

  • Umesh Kumar Choudhary
  • Biyabani Naushad Husain
  • Ajit Malani
  • Vinod Rathod
  • Neha Choudhary

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i3.3305

Keywords:

Medicolegal, Awareness, IMG, UG curriculum.

Abstract

Introduction: Recent escalating trend in litigation against doctors is an issue of top concern, one important reason for it is
poor handling of medico-legal cases.
Aims & Objective: To evaluate the status of knowledge about common medico- legal terminologies/cases among fresh
Indian Medical Graduates(IMG) and problems if any in teaching medicolegal aspects in the medical curriculum.
Material & Methods: Observational analytical study involving 150 fresh IMG’s working in medical colleges as interns or
faculty with experience less than 1 year, using questionnaire of 30 pre-validated questions based on Likert’s scale.
Results: In our study we observed that 99% IMG’s are not able to handle medicolegal cases independently. Most of
IMG’s have poor knowledge of certification of death(60%), injury(87%) etc. and important medicolegal concepts like
vicarious liability(62%) and ethical aspects of artificial insemination(75%). 58 to 91% IMG’s have fair knowledge of
different acts. 53% and 44% IMG’s have fair knowledge of rights of patients and record keeping respectively . More than
90% participants didn’t have any experience with investigating authorities or court. 64% IMG’s would prefer to consult
forensic medicine expert in medicolegal complications. No participant had attended any workshop or training session on
medicolegal cases. More than 90% IMG’s believe that UG teaching for medicolegal concepts and exposure to medicolegal
cases is not sufficient.
Conclusion: Medicolegal awareness among IMG’s is poor leading to inability of IMG to handle medicolegal cases
independently.

Author Biographies

Umesh Kumar Choudhary

Associate Professor, Dept of Forensic medicine and Toxicology, American International Institute of Medical Sciences,Udaipur, Rajasthan

Biyabani Naushad Husain

Associate Professor, Dept of Forensic medicine and Toxicology, American International Institute of Medical Sciences,Udaipur, Rajasthan

Ajit Malani

Professor and Head, Dept of Forensic medicine and Toxicology, American International Institute of Medical Sciences,Udaipur, Rajasthan

Vinod Rathod

Assistant professor, Dept of Forensic medicine and Toxicology, Dr VM Govt Medical College, Solapur , Maharashtra

Neha Choudhary

Senior Demonstrator, Dept of Microbiology, RNT Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Published

2022-08-16

How to Cite

Umesh Kumar Choudhary, Biyabani Naushad Husain, Ajit Malani, Vinod Rathod, & Neha Choudhary. (2022). Analysis of Medicolegal Awareness Among Fresh Indian Medical Graduates. Medico Legal Update, 22(3), 39–45. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i3.3305