Srinagar: MBBS students in India will get practical training from the first year itself, as part of many radical changes proposed in the new curriculum that will replace the decades-old existing module.
The new module titled ‘Competency-based Integrated Curriculum for Under Graduate Medical Education’ will be implemented from 2019-20, reports said.
“The new curriculum has been approved in principle by the oversight committee and will be notified very soon. The aim is to help produce doctors much more patient-friendly, competitive, ethical and abreast with the latest in the medical sciences,” The New Indian Express quoted a senior health ministry official as saying.
The new curriculum will make it mandatory for students to clear ‘must-know’ tests in all semesters. It will include mental and sexual health, medico-legal issues, behaviour, etc.
The new syllabus draws many points from the guidelines laid down by the World Federation for Medical Education and has been prepared by the Medical Council of India’s academic council.
“The new course also gives much more emphasis on skills and will have competency-based tests. The students will be provided with early clinical exposure right from the first year of the 4.5 years course plus internship,” the official said.
“A significant number of qualified MBBS doctors are not practising until they have achieved higher qualifications. We want to change that as it will help address acute shortage of doctors,” he said.