Undergraduate medical students across India will be following their new syllabus from this August. The curriculum patented by Medical Council of India (MCI) is being revised after two decades.The curriculum is open to review and revision as required, is currently in its final lap of preparation before it is implemented.
A core group of 40,000 medical teachers previously trained by MCI are undergoing hectic preparations ensuring the “last group” training for teachers in individual colleges. “This is a massive exercise in itself,” said a senior MCI official to The Hindu.
The group has been trained to instruct the new components, including ethics, clinical exposure, inter-department co-ordination by teaching the same topic simultaneously, skill enhancement modules and a new foundation bridge course for graduates.
“Teachers also have to be alert to the annual revision, which will include changing laws, new diseases, discoveries and updated research information,” said Dr. Avinash N. Supe, member of the expert group of the MCI’s academic cell.
However some practitioners also raise concern over the newly revised syllabus.
“The syllabus isn’t wholesome and inclusive,” said Dr. Satendra Singh, disability activist and medical doctor at the University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Delhi.
“Disability competencies for health professionals are missing from the document. The importance of empathetic non-verbal communication and unique medical problems associated with patients with disabilities has to be part of the new syllabus. Despite our submissions, after extensive consultation with stakeholders, we are taken aback by the fact that there is no mention of it in the actual document,” he said.