Nepal earthquake 2015: experience of junior clinical year medical students of Patan Academy of Health Sciences

Authors

  • Carmina Shrestha Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Sajan Acharya Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Jasmin Joshi Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Nahakul Shahi Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Raksha Sharma Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Roja Khanal Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Rolina Dhital Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v5i1.24047

Keywords:

Disaster response, mass disasters, medical students, Nepal earthquake 2015

Abstract

Dilemmas regarding whether medical students’ participation ‘as doctor’ in disaster response is ethical remains unanswered. Although they prove to be an important addition to the workforce during such settings, their limited competency and likeliness to harm themselves and the patients in the process raises questions. Here we present our views on medical students’ involvement in disaster response based on our experiences at Patan Hospital, Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) during the Nepal earthquake 2015. Medical students play a crucial role in disaster management; however, they are not proficient in care for mass disasters. Nonetheless, being involved offered students first-hand experience on disaster response and also helped the disaster response by providing extra manpower. With more training, medical students can serve as a skillful workforce during disaster. The impact of regular drills strategically placed during medical school training in the curricula can be of immense help to build capacity for medical disaster response.  

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Author Biographies

Carmina Shrestha, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Student (MBBS), Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Sajan Acharya, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Student (MBBS), Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Jasmin Joshi, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Student (MBBS), Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Nahakul Shahi, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Student (MBBS), Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Raksha Sharma, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Student (MBBS), Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Roja Khanal, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Medical Student (MBBS), Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

Rolina Dhital, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Former Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine

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Published

2018-06-29

How to Cite

Shrestha, C., Acharya, S., Joshi, J., Shahi, N., Sharma, R., Khanal, R., & Dhital, R. (2018). Nepal earthquake 2015: experience of junior clinical year medical students of Patan Academy of Health Sciences. Journal of Patan Academy of Health Sciences, 5(1), 69–74. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v5i1.24047

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Students' Section: Short Communications/Perspectives/Viewpoint