December 6, 2022

NMC may make family adoption programme part of MBBS training | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the aim to ensure enhanced healthcare services in rural areas, the National Medical Commission (NMC) is considering to introduce Family Adoption Programme (FAP) as a part of MBBS training curriculum wherein each medical student may be required to adopt around five families to monitor their health conditions regularly and advice them accordingly.
“The final proposal with details of the programme and its implementation strategy is ready and is likely to be taken up by NMC for final deliberation soon,” an official told TOI.
The initial proposal — drawn by Aruna Vanikar, president of UG Medical Education Board — suggests that an MBBS student will be assigned around five families for which they will be responsible for monitoring their general health conditions and provide advice to all these members for three consecutive years, a source said. These medicos will be required to visit the adopted families in regular intervals, especially during the first year. They will also provide consultations and be available for these families through telemedicine or teleconsultation.
“Consequently, the families shall be self-sufficient for basic health care. Outcomes achieved by the village, students and college be recorded in a database. This will help in grooming MBBS students as ‘complete doctors’ with empathy and confidence to be leaders in socio-health fronts. The neglected rural population will be enriched,” the plan said.
Students will be guided by assistant professors. Asha workers may also be involved in the programme to assist doctors. The medical education regulator may include this programme under the community medicine department in every college.
The Centre has already introduced a district residency programme for all post graduate students making it mandatory for all medical students pursuing MD or MS to undergo compulsory posting for three months at district hospitals as part of their medical course curriculum. While this was done with an aim to increase availability of specialist doctors in rural areas, the family adoption programme during MBBS training will help ensure primary health and wellbeing of people in villages and rural areas, where people are likely to be less aware about regular health check-ups.
While India has the largest number of medical colleges in the world, nearly 90,000 MBBS graduates pass out every year from 595 medical colleges of allopathy. Besides, 53,000 graduates in another 733 Ayush medical colleges pass out every year.
Apart from increasing availability and accessibility of doctors or medical professionals in rural areas, the idea behind the programme is also to provide students with on ground hands on experience from the beginning. It has been based on a study conducted by Vanikar and Vijayendra Kumar, member of UG Medical Education Board.

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