MBBS curriculum set to change, to focus more on clinical practice

The revamped curriculum aims to focus on clinical practice to help medical students get a hands-on approach. It will give them first-hand experience of different scenarios in the medical field  

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The MBBS curriculum is all set to get revamped with more emphasis on clinical practice from the first year.

The decision to have a new practical based curriculum for undergraduate medical education in the country was contemplated by the Medical Council of India which has submitted its request to the Government of India.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ved Prakash Mishra (Chairman Academic), MCI said since medical education is based on integrated competency, the need for early exposure to clinical practise was required.

“As per the proposed new curriculum for MBBS, the early exposure to clinical practice has been divided into classroom setting, hospital setting and community setting. The new curriculum – Competency Based Integrated Curriculum For UG Medical Education has been prepared and submitted to the Government of India for approval,” said Dr Mishra.

The proposed new curriculum will be implemented after being notified in the gazette. Dr Mishra further said the new curriculum will have mental health, public health and medico-legal aspects too.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed the decision to introduce new curriculum.

“It is a welcome move that more and more emphasis is now given on clinical practice as the ultimate aim of MBBS course is having sound clinical medicine practice. The new curriculum will help improve clinical judgement,” said Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, National President Elect of IMA.