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New MBBS Curriculum on the Cards
A new curriculum for MBBS and a common entrance test are on the cards, S.K. Sarin, chairman, Medical Council of India, has said.
Speaking at the inaugural function of Digestive Endoscopy Week (DEW) 2010, the annual conference of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India (SGEI), Prof. Sarin said a lot of work had gone into framing a new curriculum and that would be up on the MCI website shortly.
The MCI wanted to make a difference in medical education and capacity – building, he added.
He posited the idea of a trickle phenomenon – educating more specialists who will not confine themselves to the metros and tier – 2 towns alone.
To this end, the MCI is aiming at starting 100 colleges in one year, Prof. Sarin said. K. Ponmudy, Higher Education Minister, said the requirement of the hour was to ensure access to specialists even in rural and remote areas.
He also called for a more inter – disciplinary approach to treating patients.
Mr. Ponmudy also released a 14 – volume teaching disc in gastrointestinal endoscopy.