The first year medical students will soon see a change in the syllabus. The Medical Council of India (MCI), has decided to change the first year MBBS syllabus after a gap of 17 years. According to the new syllabus, first year MBBS students will now be able to treat patients.
In a press conference, MCI's Chief Consultant, Dr M Rajalakshmi said that MBBS curriculum needed to be changed to make it competence-based. MCI is applying for a copyright, and they will upload syllabus in its website.
Generally, medical students will start clinical practices in end of the second year. The new curriculum will introduce clinical practices in first year itself.
The Convenor of MCI regional centre in Christian Medical College, Vellore, Dr Dhayakani Selvakumar said that in the first year, students will learn only subject-oriented topics, but they have to introduce students to patients as early as possible.
As a part of new syllabus, Radiology and Surgery will be introduced in the new MBBS syllabus.
In 2011, the proposed syllabus called Vision 2015 was stalled due to a disagreement with the MCI.
According to MCI, the new syllabus for MBBS has been revived by a group of doctors of the body, by making some alterations in the syllabus.
In 1997, MBBS curriculum underwent some changes to bring down the academic year for the first year from 18 months to 12 months. In 2007, the existing syllabus was updated with revised content.