Undergraduate medical students will now get the feel of being a real doctor - ward visits, patient interaction and evening rounds - from the second year of MBBS onwards.
The Medical Council of India (MCI), as part of its new curriculum for undergraduate medical education, has decided to introduce a new training or "clerkship" under which medical students will be attached to resident doctors to accompany them during rounds, help in managing patients and talk to them, thereby improving their communication skills and help patients cope better with their illnesses. They however, will not treat patients.
Dr Sita Naik said, "The current medical training is boring and classroom oriented. We are therefore reviving a practice that used to exist 20 years back in India - assign undergraduate students to wards. They will then help resident doctors with managing patients."
Full article at Time of India