MBBS syllabus: Forensic medicine to be taught in final year

Government is set to revamp the MBBS syllabus in the country. The Union ministry of Health, in response to a query, had informed that Forensic Medicine will be included as a final year subject for MBBS students. Along with theory, government is keen to impart hands on practical knowledge to the students as well.

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  • Soon, final year MBBS students will have forensic medicine, as a new subject in their revised curriculum.
  • The union government has given the green signal to the Medical Council of India, to change the MBBS curriculum. 
  • The new MBBS syllabus is ready for publication. Along with theory, the new syllabus focusses on hands-on practical training.

Nowadays, Forensic Medicine plays a pivotal role in establishing the crime scene. Many a time, forensic analysis and evidence prove to be a major factor in a court of law to bring the culprit to justice. In order to make MBBS students familiar with this specialisation, the government has decided to impart hands-on training and theory in the final year of the MBBS syllabus.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has given this information, in response to the RTI query, filed by Dr Indrajit Khandekar from Wardha, Maharashtra. Dr Khandekar works as a Professor of Forensic Medicine in Mahatma Gandhi Medical college.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Khandekar said, “For the past several years, I have been demanding the inclusion of Forensic Medicine in the final year of the MBBS curriculum. Finally, the government has given the go-ahead. Soon, the new published syllabus will have forensic medicine as a subject for final year students.”

Dr Khandekar had filed a petition in the High court to revamp the curriculum, stating that MBBS doctors don’t have adequate knowledge of Forensic Medicine to handle medico-legal cases. He had written several letters to the Prime Minister’s office, pointing out the same.

Dr Harish Pathak, Head of the Forensic Medicine department of Mumbai’s civic run KEM Hospital, said, “We teach this subject in the second year of MBBS. But, it’s only limited to theory, offering no practical or hands-on experience to the students. After completing MBBS, students serve in rural areas for a year. So, during the two or three years, they forget about forensic medicine. I feel the inclusion of this subject in the final year will definitely help the students.”