I would like to introduce myself as Dr. Barsika Katwal. I received my post-graduate degree in Forensic Medicine (MD) from Kathmandu University in 2015. Since then, I have been working as a full-time lecturer at the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital (NMCTH) , Attarkhel , Jorpati , Kathmandu.
The Nepal Medical College (NMC) was established in 1997-1998, with the Department of Forensic Medicine as one of its departments. However, in its first decade and a half, the faculty members of the department had to be recruited from India due to the scarcity of experienced teachers in the field of Forensic Medicine. Gradually, as the number of medical colleges in Nepal increased, Forensic Medicine emerged as the subject of interest to many MBBS and BDS graduates. This has resulted in an increasing number of Nepali doctors with a post-graduate degree in Forensic Medicine now working in the different medical colleges of the country.
The NMC is an established medical institution of the country, and it follows that it should have a forensic department that is capable of providing the medico-legal needs of the community it is in. The Jorpati-Attarkhel-Sundarijal area is practically a mini-valley in the Kathmandu Valley and the population of this area is increasing at such a rate that the strengthening of the Department of Forensic Medicine of the NMC is fully justified. I wish to extend my services as a lecturer at the NMCTH and help the nearby community by offering forensic medicine services related. I am also extremely interested in gaining experience in the field of toxicology and serology.
I am sure that I will get the help, good cooperation and motivation from the NMCTH and from all the Meleson members so that I can play my part in helping the overall development of the medico-legal system of the country.