Experimentation: The Cornerstone Of Education 

Date of Publish - Friday, 2nd March 2018

Research is something that everyone could do and everyone ought to do. The word "research" carries overtones of abstruse statistics, complex methods, white coats and computers, but most of the best research is logically very straightforward.

A popular paradigm of this notion could be the experiments of the very eminent entity in the field of Neurological Research - Oliver Sacks and his virtuous precursors in this very field viz V.S. Ramachandran.

A very integral part of medical education is the study of population and incorporation of research in general studies. To emphasize the need of this, a MAHE Student Research Day was held on February 24th, where pedagogues from both medical and technological fields had gathered to drawn attention to the importance of inter disciplinary research at the very basic, undergraduate level.

The most intriguing part of the programme was the presentation by a team of researchers in the field of mechanical engineering from NIT, Surathkal, working in collaboration with the doctors of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. There were a plethora of mind boggling innovations they accounted for, ranging from a 3-D printed model of fractures of diseased organs to help the surgeon understand the damage before cutting into a patient, to a Brain Computer Interface device that helps a person to move a prosthetic limb just by their thought process.

There was a huge participation from the undergraduates on a variety of topics like the effects of sleep patterns on Pre Menstrual Syndrome, the involvement of various biochemical parameters on schizophrenia and the prevalence of Phantom Limb Sensations in Amputees et Al. This involvement was highly appreciated by the judges and guest speakers, and a great example for all those who enter this field, to make them understand the necessity of simple research and experimentation.

The programme ended with the statement - No idea is useless - urging the experts as well a s novices to come up with whatever out of the world ideas they have, and approach their mentors and people from technological fields to bring about many more innovations and revolutionize medicine.

One only learns best by doing. So, events like this prove to be the best modus operandi stimulate the innovator in each one of us and thus inspire us to become better learners and troopers of medicine.


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