In the MBBS course, medical students can now learn about pandemic management along with its social, legal, and other aspects, with the launch of a new module by India’s apex medical education regulator to better train doctors for pandemic challenges such as COVID-19.
The pandemic management module extending from the foundation course to the final year undergraduate program is expected to help ensure the development of an Indian medical graduate who will serve humanity as a physician, leader, and healer in grim times such as the incidence of a pandemic, the Board of Governors (BoG) said in the MCI Supersession.
The step has been caused by the pandemic and aims to train doctors for emerging disease challenges. A team of experts and the academic cell of the MCI have put together the document containing details of the module to be adopted by the colleges. This module for pandemic management is designed to ensure that MBBS students can handle not only the disease but also social, legal, and other issues arising from such outbreaks of the disease. The advent of COVID-19 and its rapid dissemination across the globe has further underlined the need for graduates to improve these skills.
Revised regulations on graduate medical education and competency-based undergraduate curricula have been prepared by the Medical Council of India, followed by comprehensive guidelines for its implementation. One of the desirable outcomes of the competency derived education program is to allow the Indian medical graduate to be prepared for the unknown – to be able to learn, investigate, treat and prevent new and emerging diseases as a clinician, community leader, and scholar, mentioned the foreword. “For the Indian medical graduate viz, according to the foreword,” pandemic or disease outbreak calls in to play all the five roles envisaged. The clinician, communicator, healthcare team leader and participant, knowledgeable, lifelong learner, and devoted to excellence, is ethical, responsive, and patient-responsible.
The competency-based graduate curriculum was designed to encourage the Indian medical graduate to be prepared to face new challenges to be able as a clinician and community health leader to identify, diagnose, investigate and treat newly emerging diseases. The module is structured in a phase-based manner and is supposed to be covered by an interdisciplinary team under the guidance of the Curriculum Committee at the college level, the document reported.
The module covers the history of outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics, infection prevention procedures, collection of samples, microbial diagnosis, serological tests and their performance criteria, vaccination strategies, including the production and introduction of vaccinations, therapeutic strategies, including new drug development, and patient care during pandemics, among others.