The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University has adopted the National Medical Commission’s recommendations, prioritizing practical knowledge over theoretical knowledge. As per the new guidelines, medical students will be engaged in rounds in the operation theatre, OPD, and wards from the first year of their studies. Additionally, the college has reduced the number and duration of lectures and implemented various changes in the approach and structure of teaching and learning.
In compliance with the instructions of the National Medical Commission, JN Medical College is set to undergo a complete transformation in its teaching approach starting next week, along with other central medical colleges in the country.
According to Professor Rakesh Bhargava, the college principal, the number of daily lectures has been reduced from four to five to just two. In the past, students were introduced to OPD in the fourth year, but now they will have the opportunity to participate in it from their first year and also make rounds in the wards to gain practical knowledge on all aspects.
In the college, small groups of two to three students will be formed, and each group will be accompanied by a senior teacher to the operation theater from the first year itself.
The new format in the college involves merging all the departments so that teachers from different departments can work together to design the course format. Additionally, students will be given knowledge of every aspect from the first year itself, including OPD and rounds.
Medical students will be able to learn about every part of the body through models, as the college has introduced models of various organs including hands, feet, and other organs in a special lab. This will ensure that students have a comprehensive understanding of the human body.
In accordance with the guidelines of the National Medical Commission, the JN Medical College of AMU has changed its course format, and now students will no longer have to attend long lectures. Instead, they will study all departments together to clarify doubts and get practical knowledge through various means such as models of organs in a special lab. As per the new format, MBBS students will also start their OPD from the first year itself, and small groups of students will be formed with the guidance of senior teachers. These changes are expected to provide better practical exposure to medical students.