Indian medical curriculum is to get “long overdue” ethics training

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2794
  1. Meera Kay
  1. 1Bangalore

The Medical Council of India has submitted a proposal to the government to incorporate a two month course in medical ethics and professionalism in the revised MBBS curriculum. The foundation course on medical ethics and professional development will be included in the first year of the 4.5 year MBBS course.

Purshottam Lal, a member of the council and its board of governors, was quoted in the Times of India as saying that the current first year of the MBBS course would be extended from 12 to 14 months. It is a foundation course, and medical ethics and professional development would be the core focus, he said.

Sneh Bhargava, who chairs the council’s ethics committee, told the BMJ that medical ethics and professionalism were among doctors’ core values and that it was therefore imperative that the subjects be taught.

Sanjay Mittal, director of clinical cardiology and research at Medanta Medicity, a multispecialty medical institute near Delhi, told the BMJ that including teaching on ethics and professionalism in the MBBS curriculum was long overdue and that it should be implemented as soon as possible.

The Times of India article said that the revised curriculum was likely to be introduced next year after necessary legislation. The new course, which will increase the MBBS course from 4.5 years to 4.7 years, will cover issues such as appropriate bedside manner and the commercialisation of healthcare.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2794