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Karnataka Medical College Takes Action on 38 Students for ‘Reels’ in Hospital

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A group of 38 medical students from Karnataka’s Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS)  have faced repercussions after filming Instagram reels within the premises of their hostel. The hospital administration took action by extending their housemanship training by ten days.

In the final days of their internship, marking the culmination of five years of study at the college, the students aimed to create lasting memories by recording dance videos for Instagram reels. They chose the hospital premises where they routinely worked as the backdrop for their shoot, which subsequently gained traction on social media with the caption ‘Reel it, feel it’, quickly going viral.

Responding swiftly, the management reprimanded the students involved in filming on hospital grounds, issuing an extension notice against them. Despite their submission of apologies and justification that it was part of their pre-graduation celebration, the administration upheld their decision.

Dr. Basavaraj Bommanahalli, the director of GIMS, expressed concerns about the inconvenience caused to patients by such activities, stating, “Students said that as it is the last phase of college life, they did these videos. However, making such videos on the premises of the hospital might cause inconvenience to patients. We initiated action against these students.”

This incident follows a previous case where a doctor was suspended for conducting a pre-wedding photoshoot inside an operation theatre in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district.

In response to these events, Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao emphasized the importance of adhering to government service rules for all contract employees, including doctors and staff within the health department. He issued instructions to ensure strict compliance, aiming to prevent such misconduct from occurring in government hospitals.

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