Recently a meeting was held in which numerous proposals of NMC (National Medical Council) were discussed. In this meeting, an interesting proposal was also there which has become an eye attraction.

NMC has suggested that all the students will have to adopt a family from rural areas during their MBBS course. The purpose of this initiative is to spread the reach of doctors to the village or rural areas.

Under this process, MBBS students will have to visit that adopted family once a month for the next four years of their degree. During this visit, they have to study & understand the behaviour, disease pattern, and living methods of that family. They will have to submit a report with all studies and statistics by the completion of their degree.

It is also suggested that the already included computer skill programs can be replaced with the new initiative of NMC. 

Following benefits of initiating FAP program in the medical curriculum:

  • There is a scarcity of doctors in the rural areas, if MBBS pursuing students adopt families from rural areas, they will better understand the requirements of them and they will get prepared for their posting in rural areas in the coming future.
  • 66% people of the Indian population live in villages or rural areas and 75% of doctors are living in the cities. This gap creates a huge problem in reaching the medical facilities to villages.
  • According to the current community medicine curriculum, doctors have to get training to serve in the rural areas, but this program will be completely different and more impactful than that.

According to the report of NMC, there are 554 medical colleges in India and around 85000 students take admission in these colleges. This initiative may be included with the upcoming batches after starting the curriculum but till then this program will be under consideration and will come into action after checking the other suggestions by NMC.

Currently, in India, there is an unfilled space in Indian medical education — “Production of doctors with poor practical knowledge”. Secondly, unavailability of medical facilities to the rural population in India. This FAP programme possibly resolve both the problems i.e spreading medical facilities to the villages and providing practical knowledge and hands-on experience to future doctors.


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