ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Short Shrift to Medical Education

The Medical Council of India's Vision 2015 for medical education is not far-sighted enough.

The deteriorating standard of medical education and the proliferating number of substandard medical colleges (India has the largest number of medical colleges in the world) have been a source of concern for over three or four decades now. All this while there have been demands to check the malpractices rampant in this area and, more importantly, to overhaul the MBBS curriculum. Predictably enough,the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) Vision 2015 for medical education hasled to censure and commendation with the former outweighing the latter. Even theommendable features do not seem strong enough to tackle the deep-seated ills that plague medical education in general.

Among the proposed changes is the shortening of the MBBS course from four and a half years to four years while continuing the one-year internship thereafter. The students will have to take up optional subjects/electives for six months and appear for just the one exit examination at the very end of the course. The clinical hands-on experience of directly dealing with patients will begin from the first year instead of the second. A certificate in mandated skills will have to be obtained before licence to practise is given, and students will be exposed to e-learning, m-learning and simulation while being taught.

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