Allied and Healthcare Professionals (AHP) make a significant contribution to the healthcare delivery system. They provide range of preventive, technical, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative and curative services and help in effective functioning of the system. Allied Health Professionals are a distinct group of health professionals who apply their expertise to prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages and all specialties.
The need to apply science and technology in Healthcare is paving way for new avenues in Health Sciences. In a hi-tech world of modern healthcare, the need for a team approach in sustaining life is essential and it takes people with varying skills and expertise to form that team. This revolution in the medical field gives students the opportunity to choose exactly which micro-area they would like to focus on like, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, and Optometry etc.
For those who want to practice medicine but are not able do an MBBS, there is a growing alternative career option as a healthcare professional. In Allied and healthcare professional, one can opt for courses like Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Nutrition and Dietetics, exercise and sports science, Health Information Management, Cardiovascular Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory Technologist, Dialysis Technologist, depending on what you are interested in.
These courses teach specialisations in depth and ensure that you are well prepared. They give you a deep dive into your area of interests, teaching you all the finer details that someone who is doing other health stream. The job of a healthcare professional is to provide technical and support in terms of direct patient care, rehabilitation, treatment, diagnostics and health improvement interventions to restore and maintain, optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social function.
In a country like India where there is a large need for medical professionals, every aspect of medicine plays an important role. From an MBBS doctor to a certified midwife, everyone has a crucial role to play. With a constant rise in our population, our medical sector can use all the help that they can get from every individual possible.
“Allied Health Professionals are a distinct group of health professionals who apply their expertise to prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages and all specialties”
When you study to be a healthcare professional, you are trained in every way possible to ensure you are fit for the clinical practice. In addition, the variety to choose from are almost endless. Each program will provide and ensure you have three important things:
• Classroom teaching with advanced pedagogy
• Incorporation of clinical and bed side teaching in the hospital for the excellent clinical skills in the specialty
• Rotatory Internships training program
As boring as it sounds, a classroom teaching plays an important role in laying the base for your medical journey. It teaches you the basics and the rules by which you should abide for a successful career. It also helps lay the foundation to help you help your patients.
Incorporation of clinical and bed side teaching in practice:
Practically, every student has to have a hands-on experience. If you are only studying theory, it will not help you later on because the entire career of a healthcare provider is practical. A hands on experience will ensure that you get to apply everything that you have learnt, helping you understand and work better.
At the end of every course, there is bound to be an internship where you get to work in a real hospital filled with actual patients. The experience of doing an internship will help ease you into the workforce, adding knowledge, practice, experience and the understanding of how everything you have studied is being applied in the healthcare sector.
With adequate knowledge of what you are specialising in and the interest to help people, healthcare providers are some of the most important people in a hospital. They provide the first aid for a patient and ensure that whatever they come in with is properly diagnosed and sometimes treated. Health care providers play a big role in comforting and being there morally for their patients, thus making their job all the more important. In the lives of every patient, there have been several health care providers who have made a great impact by being a positive force encouraging their wellbeing. This noble profession is just as supportive as any other profession and at the end of the day, every health care provider’s greatest pride is that, they help protect lives.
Dr. G Arun Maiya, Dean
Dr. G. Arun Maiya is an alumnus of MAHE and Dr. Maiya is the recipient of Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Exercise Sciences & Health Promotion. Presently he is chief coordinator for Centre for Diabetic Foot Care & Research, MAHE and is heading the prestigious research grant funded by World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) ‘Diabetic Foot care: Stepping ahead’. Dr. Maiya has published more than 141 research articles including three systematic reviews in peer reviewed indexed journals.