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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

A new year, pediatric postgraduate training, and bidding adieu

Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission31-Jan-2023
Date of Decision01-Feb-2023
Date of Acceptance02-Feb-2023
Date of Web Publication27-Feb-2023

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Dr. Sharmila Banerjee Mukherjee
Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, Bangla Sahib Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipcares.ipcares_28_23

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Mukherjee SB. A new year, pediatric postgraduate training, and bidding adieu. Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2023;3:1

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Mukherjee SB. A new year, pediatric postgraduate training, and bidding adieu. Indian Pediatr Case Rep [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Mar 22];3:1. Available from: http://www.ipcares.org/text.asp?2023/3/1/1/370536

Happy New Year, dear readers. We welcome you to the first issue of 2023 in which we have put together a wide spectrum of cases ranging from fetal medicine (non-immune fetal hydrops) to adolescence (surprisingly, a congenital diaphragmatic hernia). The goal is as usual to increase awareness about unusual presentations, disseminate knowledge about the underlying medical disorders, and share the clinical approach used to establish diagnoses, as well as the experiential learning that emerged from managing these patients.

Talking about teaching–learning experiences brings to mind the guidelines that have recently been framed by the National Medical Commission for competency based pediatric postgraduate (PG) training.[1] While perusing the document, I was struck by the similarity in certain points included in the core competency defined as "Clinical Expert," and the aspects that we, the editors, insist our authors include in their narratives. For instance: [Point 1.9] Clinical history/examination – "Organize and analyze an authentic history and relevant examination towards a valid clinical assessment of health (including growth, development, and behavior); Identify precipitating or predisposing factors, and; Arrive at the most likely clinical differential;" [Point 1.10] Investigations – "Order rational investigations keeping in mind cost effectiveness and purpose (i.e., that impacts management decisions);" and [Point 1.12] Critical thinking – "Demonstrate clinical reasoning at every step to create logical diagnostic hypotheses from clinical data; Formulate rational, judicious, and cost-effective plans taking into consideration individual/family circumstances, socioeconomic status, epidemiology, etc.; Choose investigations and interventions that are rational and cost-effective, and; Critically appreciate relevant scientific literature."

If you appraise each of our articles critically, you will appreciate that most of these are covered in the case series, the recently introduced case reports with review of literature, and case reports. So, while reading these articles will help PGs learn (albeit passively), writing about patients they have managed themselves, will definitely be a more proactive process. It will not only help them organize their thoughts for answering the viva-voce in their clinical exams, but also prepare then to write structured answers in their theory exams. So, dear readers please enjoy our cases and also encourage your students/residents to go through the journal, and contribute to its contents.

It is with heavy heart that I take leave from you. From the next issue onwards, there will be a complete change in the editorial board, including yours truly. Being the editor of a brand new journal was akin to nurturing a newborn, and facing the challenges unique to its growth and development in the first 1000 days-yes, we too had a gestation period that involved extensive planning from inception to a nail-biting wait till D-day! I am filled with gratitude to all the people who gave me this opportunity, and entrusted me and my team with this tremendous responsibility. Not only have I learnt a lot and gained invaluable experience, but I have also undergone personal and professional growth as an individual. I wish the incoming team all the best and I am sure they will take the journal to greater heights.

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NMC PGMED. Guidelines for Competency based Postgraduate Training Program for MD in Paediatrics. Available from: https://www.nmc.org.in/wp-ontent/uploads/2022/revised/MD_Peadiatrics_(%20revised%20).pdf. [Last accessed on 2022 Dec 27].  Back to cited text no. 1


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