Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ethics to be taught in MBBS curriculum

Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to incorporate "medical professionalism" under the revised MBBS curriculum as ethics is increasingly coming under scrutiny. As per an MCI note, "medical ethics and professionalism forms the basis of contact between doctors and society and so it is imperative that professionalism and ethical issues in practice should be incorporated into medical curriculum."

MCI's undergraduate education working group, headed by Prof. George Mathew, Principal of Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, has strongly recommended its introduction. Prof. Mathew told TOI, "the details are still being finalized. We will formally introduce medical ethics in the curriculum."

Prof. Sandeep Guleria, Professor of Surgery, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who is member of the working group, added, "There is a huge problem of ethics in medical profession. Since ethics is a very important part of medicine, we will introduce lectures formally."

Source: The Times of India, March 16, 2011
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