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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-135

Incorporation of the Humanities Component in the Medical Curriculum


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, Chengalpet District, 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 District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
MD, FAIMER, PGDHHM, DHRM, FCS, ACME, Professor, 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 District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_45_21

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In the current setup, the delivery of medical education primarily targets the scientific and technical domain with minimal consideration about the humanity aspect. The training offered to the medical students as a part of humanity helps them to acquire the skills to make ethical decisions, keeping the interests of the patients, family members, and the community in mind. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine and the Medical Council of India website. A total of 15 articles were selected based on the suitability with the current review objectives. The introduction of medical humanities in the curriculum can be either done in the form of integration across the different professional years or it can be kept optional for the students. It is quite obvious that mere exposing students to medical humanities will not deliver the desired outcomes unless they are being assessed as well to measure the learning. In conclusion, the training offered to the medical students during their course not only targets clinical judgment but even humane judgment. Humanities is an integral aspect of patient care and it is high time that it is integrated within the curriculum based on the well-formulated educational objectives and a comprehensive assessment framework.


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