Recently, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha about the new MBBS curriculum that was issued by the Medical Council Of India (MCI). Ministry Choubey also apprised the assembly that as per the information provided by the Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council Of India, the MBBS curriculum has been revised and implemented w.e.f 1st August 2019. He further also briefed about the important features of the new MBBS syllabus that includes a Foundation Course, Early Clinical Exposure, skill laboratories, and competency-based curriculum.
The one-month foundation is a part of the new MBBS curriculum that is designed to orient and sensitize the students to the various identified areas and to prepare the learner to study Medicine effectively. The main purpose of this foundation course is familiarizing the students about the medical environment, making them learn about the basic communication, language, computer skills required for patient care and sensitization to various learning methodologies.
Early Clinical Exposure provides a context that will enhance basic sciences in diagnosis, patient care, and treatment, learning ethics and professionalism of doctor-patient relationship and helps in understanding the socio-cultural context of diseases. One of the unique features of this syllabus will be that it includes a new course called Attitude, Ethics, and Communication (AETCOM) for the students across years of their undergraduate medical education.
The goal of implementing this kind of new MBBS syllabus is to create a clinician who understands and is able to provide preventive, promotive, curative, palliative and holistic care to patients and the curriculum must enunciate clearly the competencies the student must be imparted and must have learned with clearly defined teaching-learning strategies and effective methods of assessment.