Message from general secretary

I am thankful to all the members of APPI for showing confidence in me and giving the responsibility of “General Secretary”, second time, for the years 2017 to 2020. It is a great honour to me in person, being nominated and elected unanimously.

In a time when medical education is passing through reforms and more emphasis is being given on important role of basic sciences, we must take this responsibility as an opportunity and challenge to do those things which can bring the desired change.

Today, in this new millennium and one century after the Flexner report, the critical and fundamental role of the basic science disciplines in medical education has re-emerged, a paradigm shift is now required: From students receiving intensive instruction of in-depth scientific facts derived from these sciences, to student acquisition of scientific competencies required for the development of the desired habits of mind, behaviour and action for medical practice in the 21st century.

Historically, physiology and pharmacology have been closely allied. It was through the discovery of whole organism physiology that the effects and mechanisms of drugs were studied and is also applicable in modern research. Molecular, cellular or whole organism physiology expands our knowledge of how biological systems function normally and what changes occur during disease. Modern pharmacology is integral to and expands on this effort as known drugs are used as tools to help delineate functionality at the cellular and molecular level and the physiological knowledge is used to target new drug development.

Let us strive for an integrated approach to enhance the medical education and research.

Long Live our Association

Dr Ramji Singh