MBBS to be 1 year shorter with competency-based curriculum

The duration of the MBBS course is expected to soon be shortened by a year. After following a “segmented curriculum” for years, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is considering a “competency-based” curriculum for undergraduate medical students.

Students will be allowed to choose a subject and carry on with the subject in detail rather than focusing on every subject in detail.

The proposed curriculum focuses on developing skilled doctors through early clinical exposure, which is expected to result in shortening the duration of the existing five-and-a-half-year MBBS course.

The MCI academic council, which has been working on the new module, is expected to meet next week to finalise the new curriculum and send it to the government for final approval.

According to experts, the current undergraduate curriculum did not provide adequate skills at an initial level. The changes are in line with the Lancet commission report of 2007 that proposed a global transformative model of education.[Source]

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