Experiences from tsunami relief activity: implications for medical training

Canadian Medical Education Journal. 2012;3(2):e138-e138


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Journal Title: Canadian Medical Education Journal

ISSN: 1923-1202 (Online)

Publisher: Canadian Medical Education Journal

LCC Subject Category: Education: Education (General) | Medicine: Medicine (General)

Country of publisher: Canada

Language of fulltext: English

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Sudharsanam Manni Balasubramaniam

Gautam Roy

Yogesh Mohan


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Abstract | Full Text

A tsunami struck the coast of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry on 26 December 2004. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, (JIPMER) in Pondicherry played a vital role in providing medical relief. The experiences from the relief activities revealed areas of deficiency in medical education in regards to disaster preparedness. A qualitative study using focus group discussion was employed to find the lacunae in skills in managing medical relief measures. Many skills were identified; the most important of which was addressing the psychological impact of the tsunami on the victims. Limited coordination and leadership skills were also identified. It is recommended that activity-based learning can be included in the curriculum to improve these skills.