MCI introduces 1 month compulsory foundation course for MBBS students
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has launched a one-month foundation course for all the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students across the country on Professionalism and Ethics.
Foundation Course introduced by the Board of Governors at the beginning of the MBBS course for one-month duration will equip fresh medical student coming from varied backgrounds with the required knowledge and skills, that will assist them in acclimatizing to the new professional environment and provide a sound foundation for learning in the MBBS course and later in their professional career.
The Foundation Course is compulsory, and an attendance of 75% will be mandatory with the total teaching hours being 175.
The major components of the Foundation Course will include:
It will introduce clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a doctor in society, in the health care system and the expectations from society, patients and the profession.
The students will be introduced to History of Medicine and alternate systems practices in India and its impact on patient preferences and choices.
Difference in Alternative Medicine, Complementary Medicine and Evidence based Medicine and recognition of various career pathways available for Career growth.
Skills Module (Basic)
This involves skill sessions such as Basic Life Support, First Aid, Immunization, Universal precautions and biomedical waste and safety management, significance of documentation in patient care and the proper method of documentation that students need to be trained prior to entering the patient care areas.
Field visit to Community and Primary Health Center
These visits provide orientation to the care delivery through community and primary health centers. It includes interaction with health care workers, patients and their families and understanding of the National Health Goals and Policies.
Professional development including Ethics
This is an introduction to the concept of Professionalism and Ethics. This component will provide students with understanding of clinical competence, communication skills and sound ethical principles.
It will include respect towards the differently abled persons and introduce the students to the basic concept of compassionate care and functioning as a part of a health care team.
Sports and Extracurricular activities
It will demonstrate the importance of work-life balance in a demanding profession, and provide an opportunity for students to have compulsory physical activity -4 hours per week for sports and 2 hours per week for extracurricular activities.
Enhancement of Language / Computer skills / Learning Skills
It will provide opportunity for the students from diverse background and language competence to undergo training for speaking and writing English, fluency in local language and basic computer skills.
The students should be sensitized to various learning methodologies such as small group discussions, skills lab, simulations, documentation and concept of Self-Directed learning.
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