India’s medical education regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI), has revisited the syllabus for the bachelor’s degree programme in medicine. After around 21 years, the MCI is set to update the MBBS syllabus from the next academic year.
The officials informed that the new syllabus will be published soon, and will come into effect from next academic year itself. The process had started in the year 2013, and the ministry of health approved the syllabus in December last year.
While new diseases have evolved in the last two decades, there are some topics which have become irrelevant. That is why the change, which was long overdue, has been made.
The MCI has started training around 40,000 teachers across India to teach revised curriculum from the next academic session. These trained teachers will further train other teachers on how to handle the new syllabus.
Mrunmai Mangale, a final year medical student, welcomed the initiative. “The syllabus that we study is heavy on theory. We got clinical experience at hospitals from the third year. The new syllabus will give a chance to observe patients at hospitals in the first year,” she said.
Dr Dilip Mhaisakar, a member of MCI and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences’ Chancellor, said, “The new syllabus gives more emphasis on practical knowledge than just theoretical knowledge. Many new diseases have been added. In the last two decades, many changes have happened to lifestyle, and it has led to new diseases also. The new syllabus has taken all these things into consideration. We have started training teachers, who would then teach the other teachers.”