The umbrella institute of all the medical colleges in the state, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) in India will soon incorporate 'Ethics' as a part of the MBBS syllabus in the upcoming academic year (2015-2016). The university has allotted marks to exam questions on the subject, which students will learn in the first semester.
As part of the Ethics module, pupils will learn values and principles of medical-related ethical issues, opinion on social policy, maintenance of physician records, patient-physician relationship, professional rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, advertising, media relations, life sciences and associated technologies.
Ahead of the academic year, MUHS has organized a three-day-long teacher's training program, from May 25 to 28. Four teachers from each college are expected to attend this workshop, which will be conducted by 10 experts from UNESCO.
Dr. Arun Jamkar, vice-chancellor, MUHS, said: "This subject will ensure students get lessons on ethical practices in the field of medicine. Every teacher will get trained annually on this module. Ours will be the first university in India to introduce ethics as a subject for MBBS students in the first semester itself."
He also said that through this, they hope to improve the quality of medical education, the end goal of which is to help provide people with healthy lives. "We have dedicated some marks to this subject so that students will take this module seriously," he added.
Dr. Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM hospital, said: "Educating doctors about the specifics of ethical medical practices is the need of the hour. This decision is a welcome move, as ethics play an important role in the field of medicine."
MUHS aim is to ensure proper and systematic instruction, teaching, training and research in modern medicine and the Indian system of medicine in Maharashtra, and to have balanced growth in the medical sciences. There are 40 medical colleges affiliated with MUHS.