From Principal Desk

 

"I wish that all stakeholders in Medical Education -- Teachers, students, and the policymakers -- should look up to the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) as a premier organization for help and guidance related to medical education and research in the country.”

A renowned academician, teacher, researcher, author and editor with more than 30 years of experience, he has published more than 200 papers and edited/authored 30 books including OP Ghai Pediatrics, PG Textbook of Pediatrics, Clinical Methods in Pediatrics, Textbook of Community Medicine, Essential Pediatric Nursing, IAP Textbook of Pediatrics, Principles of Medical Education, and How to Write a Thesis.

He has served as Editor-in-Chief of ‘Indian Pediatrics,’ (official journal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics) for 6 years. He has been conferred fellowships by the Royal College of Paediatrics, UK; Indian Academy of Pediatrics; National Neonatology Forum, India; National Academy of Medical Sciences, India; and awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics for his work on micronutrients.

His major initiatives include workshops on thesis and scientific paper writing; and increasing awareness for practicing rational management of diarrhoea and pneumonia in children. Dr Piyush Gupta has served as technical expert/advisor to Government of India, WHO, DBT, UNICEF, and ICMR.

He has delivered 10 orations, including the prestigious KL Wig Oration in the field of Medical Education in India. He has served as the Joint secretary of South Asia Pediatrics Association. He is serving on the editorial board of several journals including The Journal of Pediatrics (USA), rated amongst the top-ranking paediatric journals, globally. His thrust areas are Nutrition, Child survival, and Medical Education.

He is presently working on the role of sunlight in prevention of vitamin D deficiency in children. Recently, He was awarded the Teacher of Excellence award by the Vice President of India.

His vision for UCMS and GTBH in the next five years is as follows:

• One of top 5 ranked Medical Colleges in India
• UCMS to be a hub of cohabitation and collaboration for facilitators and learners - fostering, motivating, and empowering them by creating opportunities for professional development, academics, and research
• Center of Excellence in Research and Medical Education
• Improving Infrastructure, student friendly learning environment (LT, Skill lab, Digital library…)
• Exploring viability of a software application for facilitating teaching-learning and administration
• For the Faculty: Ensuring promotions, motivation for research and SOTL
• Accessible and accountable online administration,
• Emphasis on clear communication, constant feedback, and developing trust
• Creating a dynamic website, Enabling Social Media presence on FB, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube