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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53-54

Implementation of a student-centered curriculum: Challenges ahead and the potential solutions


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpaet, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpaet, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpaet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_38_20

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The competency-based medical education curriculum advocates for the shifting of curriculum from the teacher-centric to the student-centric curriculum. A student-centered curriculum is the one, in which students themselves are accountable for the teaching–learning process, including the framed policies and the decisions taken. However, the path to implement a student-centric curriculum is quite challenging, and a wide range of challenges have been identified from the perspectives of different involved stakeholders. In order to successfully implement a student-centric curriculum, we have to do a lot many things which essentially includes, designing of the curriculum based on well-defined and specific competencies, very much in advance. It is very important to sensitize all the stakeholders involved, and all of them have to understand the need of the same and then work together as a team. In conclusion, the successful implementation of a student-centric curriculum requires extensive planning, preparation, and involvement. The road ahead is quite challenging, but it is not impossible, and it just requires dedicated efforts from all the concerned stakeholders.


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