Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997

Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997





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Medical Council of India

The 4th March 1997


In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 33 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956) the Medical Council of India with the previous sanction of the Central Government hereby makes the following regulations, namely :-

(1) Short title and commencement : (1) These regulations may be called the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997”.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.




(1)       Graduate  medical curriculum is  oriented  towards  training students  to  undertake the responsibilities of  a  physician  of  first  contact  who is capable of looking after  the  preventive, promotive, curative & rehabilitative aspect of medicine.

(2)       With wide range of career opportunities available  today,  a graduate has a wide choice of career opportunities. The  training, though  broad  based  and  flexible  should  aim  to  provide  an educational experience of the essentials required for health care in our country.

(3)       To undertake the responsibilities of service situations which is a changing condition and of various types, it is essential to provide adequate placement training tailored to the needs of such services as  to  enable  the  graduates  to   become effective instruments of implementation of those requirements. To avail of opportunities and be able to conduct  professional  requirements, the  graduate  shall endeavour to have acquired basic training  in  different aspects of medical care.

(4)       The importance of the community aspects of health care and of rural  health care services is to be recognized. This  aspect  of education & training of graduates should be adequately recognized in   the   prescribed  curriculum.  Its importance has been systematically upgraded over the past years and adequate exposure to such experiences should be available throughout all the three phases of education & training. This has to be further emphasized and intensified by providing exposure to field practice areas and training  during the intership period. The aim of the period of rural training during internship is to enable the fresh graduates to function efficiently under such settings.

(5)       The educational experience should  emphasize  health  and community  orientation  instead  of only   disease  and  hospital orientation or being-concentrated – on-curative -aspects.  As such all the basic concepts of modern scientific medical education are to be adequately dealt with.

(6)       There must be enough experiences to be provided for self learning. The methods and techniques that would ensure this must become a part of teaching-learning process.

(7)       The  medical graduate of modern scientific  medicine  shall endeavour to become  capable  of functioning independently in both urban or rural environment. He/she shall endeavour to give emphasis on fundamental aspects of the subjects taught and on common problems of health and disease avoiding unnecessary details of specialization.

(8)       The importance of social factors in relation to the problem of health and diseases should receive proper emphasis throughout the course and to achieve this purpose, the educational process should  also  be community based than only  hospital  based.  The importance  of  population control and  family  welfare  planning should be emphasized throughout the period of training with the importance of health and development duly emphasized.

(9)       Adequate emphasis is to be placed on cultivating logical and scientific habits of  thought, clarity of expression and independence of judgment, ability  to  collect  and   analyse information and to correlate them.

(10)     The  educational  process should be placed  in  a  historic background   as  an  evolving  process and not merely as an acquisition of a large number of disjointed  facts  without a proper perspective. The history of Medicine with reference to the evolution of medical knowledge both in this country and the rest of the world should form a part of this process.

(11)     Lectures  alone are generally not adequate as a  method  of training   and  are  a  poor  means   of   transferring/acquiring information  and even less effective at skill development and  in generating the appropriate attitudes. Every effort should be made to encourage the use of active methods related to  demonstration and  on  first hand experience. Students will be encouraged to learn in small groups, through peer interactions so as to gain maximal  experience  through  contacts  with  patients  and   the communities  in which they live. While the curriculum objectives often refer to areas of knowledge or science, they are best taught in a setting of clinical relevance and hands on experience for students who assimilate and make this knowledge a part of their own working skills.

(12)     The graduate medical education in clinical subjects should be based primarily on out-patient teaching, emergency departments and within the  community including  peripheral  health care institutions. The out-patient departments should be suitably planned to provide training to graduates in small groups.

(13)     Clinics should be organised in small groups of preferably not  more  than 10 students so that a teacher can  give  personal attention  to each student with a view to improve his skill  and competence in handling of the patients.

(14)     Proper records of the work should be maintained which will form  the basis for the students’ internal assessment and should be available to the inspectors at the time of inspection of the college by the Medical Council of India.

(15)     Maximal  efforts have to be made  to  encourage  integrated teaching between traditional subject areas using a problem based learning approach starting with clinical or community cases  and exploring  the  relevance of various preclinical disciplines in both understanding and resolution of the problem. Every  attempt be made to de-emphasize compartmentalisation of disciplines so as to achieve both horizontal and vertical integration in  different phases.

(16)     Every attempt is to be made to encourage students to participate in group discussions and seminars to enable them to develop personality, character, expression and other faculties which are necessary for a medical graduate to function either in solo practice or as a team leader when he begins his  independent career. A discussion group should not have more than 20 students.

(17)     Faculty member should avail of modern educational technology while teaching the students and to attain this objective, Medical Education Units/ Departments  be  established in all medical colleges for faculty development and providing learning resource material to teachers.

(18)     To derive maximum advantage out of this revised curriculum, the vacation period to students in one calendar year should not exceed one month, during the 4 ½ years Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Course.

(19)     In order to implement the revised curriculum in toto, State Govts. and Institution Bodies must ensure that adequate financial and technical inputs are provided.