Undergraduate medical students to pursue a course on ethics and communication

Undergraduate medical students will have to pursue a course on ethics and communication from the 2019-20 academic year, with the newly appointed board of governors of the Medical Council of India approving the new MBBS curriculum, according to IE report.

In an apparent bid to address the shortage of medical faculty in the country, the Board has also approved a proposal to relax norms for DNB (Diplomate of National Board) degree holders to teach in hospitals like PGI, AIIMS, and other state medical colleges, the report said.

DNB doctors, who get their training at private hospitals which do not have medical colleges, obtain their postgraduate qualifications from the National Board of Examination (NBE), the report threw more light.

As per the proposal, DNB degree holders working in specialties with over 100 beds and super-specialties private hospitals will be eligible for faculty positions on completion of one additional year as a senior residency at any MCI-recognised institution, the notification will be issued soon, said board chairman Dr. Vinod Paul. The ethics and communication module, meanwhile, will be taught over several years and seeks to address the trust deficit in the doctor-patient relationship by emphasizing to students right from the training stage the importance of not just treating a patient but also communicating, added the report.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) is a statutory body with the responsibility of establishing and maintaining high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India. It registers doctors to practice in India, in order to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.

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