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Will communication in MBBS syllabus create better doctors

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018

Medical Council of India plans to revise MBBS curriculum after 21 years and will introduce courses in communication and ethics by 2019

SOFT SKILLS SHOULD BE PRIMARY
Medical education has undergone several changes in the last three decades but we were still treating behavioural skills and ethics as a secondary, which were taught indirectly without formal training through role-modelling and conversations. It is crucial to realise that doctors make ethically complex decisions all the time, for which ethical principles such as beneficence, non-maleficence and respect for autonomy should be taught practically in a formal manner. It will require restructuring of the system and training of existing faculty, which is under process.

-Dr VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog and Chairman of Medical Council of India (MCI)

IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE BASICS
Certain skills should be imbibed in students in the formative years of education. It is important for medical students to know thoroughly about the basic rules, do’s and don’ts in medical practice. Most of the problems between doctors and patients occur because of communication gap. Teaching ethics is becoming increasing crucial to produce well-groomed medical professionals in the country.

-Dr Aloy Mukherjee, senior consultant, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

REQUIRED STEP TO CHANGE THE INDUSTRY

In the contemporary world of commercialisation, many professionals compromise with ethics and human values. It becomes extremely crucial for medical practitioners to abide by the ethical principles because in many cases, their single decision becomes a matter of life and death for someone. To maintain the sanctity of the profession, teaching communication skills and ethics might prove to helpful as it will change some of the professionals, if not the whole industry.

-Kandimalla Venkatesh, MBBS student, Sidhhartha Medical College, Andhra Pradesh 

-As told to Sheetal Banchariya

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