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The Pill For India’s Ailing Medical Education System

Says Dr Deepak Patkar, Director (Medical Services) & Head, Imaging and Radiology, Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital, “In India, we have the advantage of having the highest number of government medical colleges, in spite of that, there is rapid privatisation.”

But this is also a result of the lack of quality and outdated syllabus within the government institutes. Moreover, the Internet is filled with dubious websites which offer unrealistic pictures to students and encourages them to take admission in private institutions.

According to Dr Subhrojyoti Bhowmick, Clinical Director for Academics, Quality and Research Depts, Peerless Hospitex Hospital and Research Center, the medical education system in India is undergoing a metamorphosis. In 2018, undergraduate medical education training has changed after 21 years in the country. It is called the “Competency-based UG Curriculum for the Indian Medical Graduate,” which essentially marks a significant shift from the classroom-rote learning of the 1997-born programme to one which stresses on medical ethics, better doctor-patient relationship and outcome-based learning.

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