Implementation of New Competency Based Medical Education in India – Are we ready to (for) change?

  • Mandar V. Ambike, Vijayakumar K., Raju R. Bokan, Arunprasad V. K., Vaishaly K. Bharambe


Background: New competency based curriculum(CBME) was introduced form 2019 for the medical students. This new attempt is the first step for the integrated curriculum. International universities changed from traditional to Integrated, Community oriented, Problem based curriculum long back. So this study is to find out how much change we have achieved in Medical education.

Methodology: Curriculum from different National and International Universities (Undergraduate MBBS curriculum – Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE, Kentucky Integrated curriculum, USA, MBChB Curriculum Phase 1 – University of Leicester, Course structure – Medical Science division – University of Oxford, UK,) were compared with this curriculum and Results were drawn.

Results: Most of the International curriculum reflect less didactic lectures and more small group teaching. Most of them emphasize on Community oriented, Problem base and Case based learning. Departmental compartments are very thin. And assessment is integrated.

Conclusion: Horizontal and Vertical Integration should be more aggressive and continuous. Teaching method should change from didactic, large group to Small group and Interactive sessions. Focus should Change from Subject centered to Problem centered. Adult learning principals should be adapted. Assessment pattern must be Integrated and more Objective in nature. Extensive Faculty development programs should be conducted.