Vol VIII, Issue 3 Date of Publication: July 02, 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2023.018

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Medical ethics teaching in the new undergraduate physiology competency-based curriculum in medical institutions in Delhi: A pilot, feasibility study

Satendra Singh
Manish Solanki
Neelam Vaney
Anant Bhan

Background: Medical ethics teaching has received little attention in India's undergraduate medical curriculum, so the National Medical Commission’s formal inclusion of medical ethics in the new competency-based curriculum (CBME) is creditable. However, the policymakers have left out the most crucial stakeholders — the teachers. This study was conducted to find out how physiology educators in Delhi felt about the implementation of ethics teaching in physiology in the CBME.

Methods: This was a pilot, cross-sectional, observational, feasibility study conducted using a questionnaire, involving faculty and senior residents (post-MD) in the departments of Physiology at nine medical colleges in Delhi, conducted over the period from February to October 2020.

Results: The response rate was 76% (60/79), of which 40% (24/60) were senior residents and 60 (36/60) were faculty. Around 55% (n=33) felt bioethics and clinical ethics are not synonymous; 53% (n=32) believed ethics education can be accomplished in a large group setting; 75% (n=45) believed it should be the responsibility of the physiology faculty, rather than the clinical faculty, and 61.7% (n=37) wanted it to be included in the formative assessment. The respondents shared ethical concerns that should be included in the physiology curriculum and the best candidates to teach them to achieve integration. Despite the challenges, the majority 65% (n=39) felt ethics in the physiology CBME should be an inseparable part of teaching in all instructional modalities.

Conclusion: Early clinical exposure was considered preferable to the Attitude, Ethics, and Communication (AETCOM) programme. Using the five W’s and one H method, we talk about how our findings can be used as a road map to help physiologists teach ethics to medical students in the new CBME.

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©Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2023: Open Access and Distributed under the Creative Commons license ( CC BY-NC-ND 4.0),
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