Competency-based medical education for Indian Medical Graduates: where do we stand?

AUTHOR(s) : Hazarika K
DOI No. : 10.31741/ijhrmlp.v8.i2.2022.1


The competency-based medical education (CBME) is a tested teaching methodology implemented recently in India by the Indian Medical Council to fulfil the needs of the hour for better health care in the community. It invites lots of resistance from various sectors. Though the CBME is introduced, there are various challenges to meet for better outcomes of the course to produce competent Indian medical graduates (IMG) under definite guidelines from MCI/NMC. IMG is considered the first contact physician in the community to serve people with knowledge of ethics, skills, leadership quality, good communication, and a concept of lifelong learning. The main concern of lack of infrastructure, lack of adequate faculty development program (FDP), shortage of faculties for teaching as per guidelines, and logistics support for skill development for the student from the government and administration, etc. Despite all odds, NMC has implemented the CBME curriculum from 2019 in the country, especially in institutions with direct control. But there are many autonomous institutes where CBME is not considered yet and are following their curriculum, which is a concern. There is no doubt that the CBME will produce better IMGs who can compete globally and help the community with proper medical guidance and other healthcare stakeholders to implement adequate health facilities for the people.

Keywords: Competency; teaching-learning method; knowledge – skill-based; medical education.

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