Major reforms coming in MBBS curriculum

Why it is in news?

  • The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the Medical Council of India are giving final touches to major reforms in the MBBS curriculum with an emphasis on thinning down courses for undergraduate medical students. 

Region-specific ailments

  • The course orientation would be to skill students in handling common diseases in their surroundings, especially addressing region-specific ailments
  • Students will no more study bulky books. Courses will be much easier to comprehend. At present, an undergraduate student is required to acquire knowledge on 10 types of surgeries, which is not necessary.
  • They can master the skill while specialising in the stream

Vernacular language

  • The directorate has also mooted introduction of vernacular language as medium of studies in MBBS programmes.
  • After admission in MBBS programme, many students usually do not understand subjects which are taught in English. In some colleges, crash courses on English are also offered so that students would have better comprehension of subjects
  • Stating that vernacular languages as medium of studies would have been better choice, DGHS said: “We are facing shortage of writers to translate subjects available in English into vernacular languages. In Japan, medical courses are available in Japanese language. They were able to do it as they have one language. In India, we have so many languages. But we are contemplating to give it a try.”

New leprosy cases

  • DGHS expressed concerns over incidences of leprosy in Odisha.
  • It is unfortunate that Odisha still has sizeable number of leprosy patients. After implementation of the programme for years, now 40,000 new cases have been detected during recent door-to-door survey of 40 crore houses. In Odisha, there are 5,100 new leprosy patients. 

Source: The Hindu

Posted by Jawwad Kazi on 30th Oct 2017