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Competency-based novel medical curriculum in India
  1. Karthikeyan P Iyengar1,
  2. Vijay Kumar Jain2,
  3. Pirabu Sakthivel3,
  4. Nipun Malhotra4,
  5. Pranav Ish4
  1. 1Orthopaedics and Trauma, Southport and Ormskirk NHS trust, Southport, UK
  2. 2Orthopaedics, Delhi, India
  3. 3Head and Neck Surgery & Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
  4. 4Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pranav Ish, South Delhi, Delhi, India; pranavish2512{at}

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Change is the necessity of evolution and growth. After over two decades, the redundant bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBBS) undergraduate curriculum in India has been revised by the regulatory body, the National Medical Commission (NMC).1 This new scheme of things (table 1) incorporates the very essential knowledge, attitude and practice model which is a competency-based approach, where knowledge is as important as skill, where the text is as important as technical aptitude, and where the notion of theory is as important as practical ability.

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Major changes in curriculum of undergraduate medical students in India

A few welcome changes in the reappraised and revised MBBS curriculum, endorsed by the NMC (which has replaced the erstwhile Medical Council of India) includes an early, 1 month foundation-cum-orientation programme, vertical and horizontal holistic integration of topics (eg, tuberculosis will be taught by pathology and microbiology concurrently, with simultaneous clinical training in medicine and paediatrics on the same disease), training in ethics and patient-centred communication, incorporating principles of patient safety and quality of care. Competency on hospital waste management, disaster management, skills development, objective evaluation, reduction …

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  • Contributors PI and KPI were involved in conceptualisation. KPI, VKJ, PS, NM and PI were involved in literature search, writing, review and editing. All authors have read and agreed to the final draft submitted.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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