Need of Modern Times

Need of Modern Times
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Medical officers that have been freshly appointed have suggested that they be allowed to pursue higher study or other professional courses while they are working. This is a reasonable suggestion or request. Beginning of work life must not and should not mean the end of formal study. In fact, it should be encouraged. In the developed part of the world, education or continued education and professional lives almost invariably go together. This has both prudential and practical consequences. Prudentially, it means and amounts to continued intellectual growth and development. In practical terms, professional lives supplemented by continued educational and even vocational training means development and fructification of human capital and skill development. Moreover, in this day and age, degrees and vocational training, because of the pace and scope of change, which is of a staggering nature, become obsolete very quickly. The same is the case with knowledge. It then has to be updated by the minute. This can happen perhaps only when professionals are allowed to pursue courses or higher education while they are working. Self development is something that only a few are gifted with and it requires such discipline that most cannot cope up. All this becomes salient and significant in the domain of the medical profession where latest knowledge and developments thereof, their understanding and awareness can be a matter of life and death. The administration should therefore take a more expansive view of the issue and not let micro issues of a trivial nature determine their decision making. The day and age that he live in is defined by speed, transmission, generation and dissemination of knowledge and skills that is unprecedented in nature. Because of the scope and pace of change, our age is also referred to as one of “Creative Destruction. In the schemata of Creative Destruction, it is adaptation, resilience, adaptability and innovation that constitute the name of the game, so to speak. Any society or individual that does not update, innovate and adapt would be left as road kill. That is, useless and redundant. It is therefore in the nature of an imperative that professional development is seen and viewed as important and priority. But , since professional and organizational development are hampered by lack of resources, the most prudent option may lie in allowing professionals to complementarily carry on with their higher studies, vocational or other programs and courses. This, to repeat, applies intensely to the medical profession and professionals thereof.