The Foundation course based on ‘Vision
2015’ of MCI (2010) is being conducted in the form of an extended
orientation for the MBBS students at admission for 2 weeks since 2011.
The Goal is to prepare them to study medicine effectively. The
objectives are to make them aware of the MCI and PIMS goals, National
health policies and the health care system of India. They will be
familiarized with the history of medicine and role of research for its
progress. They will be introduced to the medical college and hospital,
with an overview of the 4 and half of studies with the special
emphasis on the first year studies. During orientation they will be
briefly introduced to first aid and BLS, patient safety and bio
medical waste disposal and universal precaution and vaccination.
Interpersonal relationship, team work, medical ethics and
professionalism, communication skills, time management, stress
management and learning methods will be taught to them with special
emphasis on ICT in education. These sessions are interactive and
interspersed with sports and extra circular actives. The needs for
training in language and computers skills are elicited and
arrangements made for ongoing classes.
The first year medical students are given
adequate exposure to actual patient care. This helps to achieve the
1. Recognition of the relevance of the basic science subjects taught in
the class room,
thus making the learning “contextual”
2.As adult learners, the experience of early clinical exposure
motivates them to learn
and integrate the ethics
and professionalism in the doctor patient relationship.
3.Under Community Medicine, the exposure to society and the health
them aware of the social
accountability in medical education.
Integrated teaching is a part of
the teaching learning schedule of PIMS since 2011. There is both
vertical and horizontal integration in all the three disciplines.
These sessions are case based so that competency based learning occurs
in all the three domains of knowledge skill and attitude
The students in the IVth and VIth Semester
are given structured skill training in IV Therapy, Sample
collection, Hand washing, and Biomedical waste disposal.
The Interns have a 2 day Orientation where the above
are reinforced. They are further taught general procedures such as
insertion of urinary catheter, infection prevention, patient safety
and communication skill. During the period of Internship, they
undergo a 2 day intensive training on CPR and BLS in the skill
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