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Rapid response to:

Observations Ethics Man

What to tell junior doctors about ethics

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2489

Rapid Response:

More hours needed to taught ethical principles in Indian Medical Schools

Ethics is the most important but neglected component in
medical curriculum.Like the most countries, this is also true
for Indian Medical Education.

Fortunately, changes are happening in the era of consumerism
and litigations for last few years. Medical doctors are now
better acquainted or in learning phase with ethical principles
during medical practice. There is a lot of pressure on
professionals bodies to follow strict ethical norms in
research projects. Yet, things need to be more strengthen at
undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. There is an
urgent need to incorporate compulsory hours (at least two
hours every year) in medical curriculum at UG and PG levels.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

15 May 2010
Om Prakash
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi, INDIA