Major Gen. Madhuri Kanitkar has taken charge as a Dean of Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC). She was an alumnus of the college as she is well known for her contribution in the field of medical sciences. She played a significant role in setting up units to monitor kidney ailments in Pune and Delhi.
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On this occasion, she said that she was happy to be a part of AFMC again and it is time to make some contribution to the Alma mater. Earlier, she held the position of Deputy Director at General Armed Forces, Delhi. She felt that bringing out new ideas for the development of medical education is essential and there should be more colleges such as AFMC that can facilitate more doctors and soldiers in the country.
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She further indicated that usually, all the medical colleges in the country produce doctors, but AFMC is different. Students are trained in three roles at AFMC, i.e., soldier, doctor and teacher. It is one of the premier institutes in the country which produces 100 doctors every year and sends them to armed forces.
She pointed out that the number of doctors that AFMC is sending to the armed forces is not sufficient. AFMC has to produce 200-250 doctors every year, no matter how challenging the task is. AFMC has proposed for the increase in intake from 130 to 150, and the final decision is awaited in this regard. She also exhorted that a new institution is necessary to meet the shortage of human resources in the field.