In India, the ethics and values are taught in Medical colleges through just a few lectures or by conducting orientation program on medical professionalism values and ethics, but no examination or subject paper test is set or conducted to assess the efficacy Medical Ethics for MBBS students.
Lately, this matter was highly debated at the third conclave of vice-chancellors of health universities of India, which was organized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) on 28 April.
This led to turning the code of ethics and professionalism values to a proper subject, which shall also be evaluated via an exam.
For this suggestion to receive an action, Association of Health Universities of India is soon to appeal to the Medical Council of India (MCI) in writing, with a proposal to make professionalism and a code of ethics part of the MBBS course, which should also have a proper examination pattern and related assessments.
The faculty of MS Ramaiah Medical College runs a one-year certificate programme for three years now, which is designed for medical students and interns and involves modules, assignments and assessments. Near about 80% of students, enroll themselves for it.
The problem is ever growing, since majority of Medical universities impart lectures on ethics, however, very little is interpreted in actually among students. Hence, the course on medical values and ethics is soon to be introduced and incorporated in the syllabus, across Indian medical colleges, uniformly.