Document Type : Original Article
Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Ratlam, Madhyapradesh, India
Department of Pharmacology, Pramukhswami Medical College, Anand, Gujarat, India
Principal Investigator, Women Scientist Scheme-B under Department of Science & Technology, Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Ratlam, Madhyapradesh, India
Background: The year 2019 witnessed major curricular reforms in terms of launching Foundation Course (FC) by National Medical Commission (NMC) as a part of CBME (Competency Based Medical Education). Feedback from various stakeholders in medical education can register its merits and demerits. This study aimed to explore perceptions of students and faculties of 1st year MBBS, regarding implementation of FC.
Methods: A mixed-method study was employed immediately as post implementation of FC using a structured questionnaire and a focus group interview to report perception of students and faculties. Study was conducted in Government medical college & Hospital, Ratlam, Madhypradesh India in September month of 2019.
Results: Majority of students i.e. 92.13 % felt, that FC orientation module helped them acclimatize to new environment and helped them engage with peers and faculties. 91.01% were sensitized to importance of professionalism and ethics in medicine.92.68% reported an enhancement in their communication skills, 83.70% mentioned its help in stress management, 88.19% to 92.69% found reflective writing as an interesting exercise. Overall 87.00% graded FC as beneficial and a good program. Besides these sessions, an essential computer learning skills, community health care visit, sports, and extracurricular activities were appreciated. In addition, medical students gave mixed reviews on problems like duration of FC, didactic teaching, and language barriers in terms of English and local.
Conclusions: FC provides a roadmap from a knowledge centric curriculum towards a competency based performance centric curriculum. Facilitating and nurturing such programs can play a pivotal role in fostering holistic development of students.