By Staff Reporter
“The impending Brexit may open a new window of opportunity for doctors in India to obtain memberships of various Royal colleges in the UK” said Dr. Hari Krishnan, Cellular Pathologist at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, London during an FRCPath workshop at the South Park hotel on Sunday. With an approaching retirement crisis – a quarter of all histopathologists are aged 55 or over - the Royal College of Pathologists is proposing a range of solutions to address the shortage of histopathologists in the near future. It is anticipated that a third of consultant histopathologists will retire in the next five years. And there are not enough trainee doctors in post to fill this gap. In reality, it takes up to 15 years to train a pathologist. The situation was no different for other specialities. “The announcement from the British Home
Secretary that doctors and nurses would be exempt from the Tier 2 visa cap is a welcoming step in the right direction”, said Dr. Krishnan. The Introductory FRCPath workshop at South Park hotel conducted by Toppers Academy For Professionals was inaugurated by Dr Nandakumar G., Professor of Pathology, Medical College Trivandrum. The organising secretary at TAPminds, Dr Abraham K. George, later said that more such events were in the pipeline and he hoped that doctors from India would benefit the most from it. Around 40 pathologists including PG students attended the day-long event which included case discussions and microscopy. The event concluded with a one-on-one interaction with the UK faculty.