New Delhi : MBBS students will be soon imparted practical training from the very first year, as the Medical Council of India, is in the process of introducing a new practical based curriculum for undergraduate medical education in the country.
Competancy Based Integrated Curriculum
Currently the structure of the MBBS curriculum is that of a segmented curriculum. MCI is now working towards bringing a competency based Integrated curriculum. This will see a horizontal and vertical integration across current subjects and disciplines and students would be given clinical exposure from the first year itself.
” The new curriculum will provide early clinical exposure to medical students right from the 1st year. This will be done through integration of three aspects- classroom teaching, hospital based medicine and community medicine. The aim is to provide problem based learning and develop skill based competencies of medical students.” said Dr Ved Prakash Mishra, Chairman, Academic Committee of the Medical Council of India which has prepared, the new curriculum.
This new curriculum called Competency Based Integrated Curriculum for UG Medical Education has been finalized by the expert committee of council and is in the process of being approved by the government. The curriculum will come to existence after being notified in the gazette.
The new curriculum which has been finalized will also see new modules being added to bring it in par with new developments, including a special module on medico-legal. ” We have added new modules include mental health, public health, as well as medico-legal aspects in the curriculum. Another important module will be AETCOM module- Attitude Ethics and Communication to train students in better patient interaction. All these have high importance in today’s scenario,” said Dr Mishra.
The course structure, which has taken almost two-and-a-half years to prepare, is now towards finalization stages. Currently it has been included in the National faculty development, with around 40,000 medical teachers being imparted training for the same through the MCI faculty development program. It is expected that the curriculum would be launched from the next academic year.