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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-6

Implementing foundation course for medical undergraduates in India


1 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet, 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, Chengalpet, 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, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.jss_11_21

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The delivery of medical education to the undergraduate medical students and producing a competent medical graduate is a complex task, especially considering the wide range of domains, in which a medical student has to be trained. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine, and a total of four studies similar to the current study objectives were identified initially and all were selected based on the suitability with the current review objectives. In an effort to make the newly joined students get familiar with the campus environment and the general structure of the academic program, a month-long foundation course has been proposed. The regulatory body emphasized the need to evaluate the foundation course at institutional level so that it can be improved based on the received feedback for the upcoming batches of students. To conclude, the introduction of foundation course as a part of the competency-based medical education for undergraduate students is a welcome step. The foundation course has the potential to offer multiple benefits to the students, and thus it is the need of the hour that a thorough planning goes in the background, and all the available resources and logistics are utilized well for the effective implementation of the course.


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