Teaching and training of Medical Graduate is now evolving as a distinct speciality guided by the changing societal needs, newer technologies for diagnosis, treatment and prevention as well as widening horizon of medical communication. Conventional teaching was dominantly teacher centered, hospital based, speciality oriented and limited to learning factual knowledge.

But now stress is to make Medical Education need based, community oriented, student centered, problem solving based and as far as possible- Integrated both between the subjects of same professional (Horizontal) as well as between all professional subjects (Vertical). The task is tough, tedious and not possible in short span. It's implementation and effects will be reflected in future medical graduate performance in community.

Medical Council of India is taking the steps in this direction. The Institute which are deemed university status are rapidly following the guidelines like AIIMS, JIPMER, Pondicherry, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, PGI, Chandigarh. The process to change is little difficult for others but as per guidelines by MCI are changing the effects.

MCI, in order to bring about desired changes in faculty development so as to bring a medical graduate from India at par with colleagues globally and make medical education uniform throughout country has embarked on VISION 2015. To provide Basic Medical Education Technology uniformly to all fcaulty MCI has embarked on the course with Regional Center set up at 16 places. Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore has been granted a status of Regional Training Center in March 2011. The center was launched on 27th May 2011.

Here I would like to mention about a unique Institute- B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal one of the most prestigious project taken by GOI in collaboration with HMG, Nepal. This Medical University has been able to create an innovative medical curriculum based on education system by University of Dundee, UK and McMaster Univeristy with collaboration of Indian expert and WHO medical education expert. Not only UG curiculum but Post-graduate studies are similarly drafted and implemented.

I will be adding further information on Medical Education Technologies. Please visit my Blogs on xanga and rediff.

Last updated 7th January 2012, Dr Kuldeep