The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education. These institutes have been declared by an Act of Parliament as Institutes of National Importance. AIIMS Delhi, the fore-runner parent excellence institution, was established in 1956.
From the 2013–14 academic session, the overall availability of MBBS seats in India rose to 42,169. The health ministry is striving to achieve the target doctor-patient ratio of 1:1000 by 2021, which at present is 1:2000. The government plans to increase overall availability of MBBS seats to 80,000 and of PG seats to 45,000 from the current 22,194 by 2021. The aim is to reduce the shortage of doctors, which is currently pegged at around 800,000 (800,000). India has 27 regional cancer centres.400 RT machines are available for cancer treatment.
At AIIMS, students get clinical postings from the second year itself, and that’s when we get a first-hand experience of patients and our profession. The sheer variety and number of cases one gets to handle here is mind-boggling. Continue reading