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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 365-368

Competency-based learning and training for medical postgraduates within regulatory guidelines in India: The SBV Competency-Based Learning and Training Model©

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University), NH 45A, Puducherry 607402, India

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N Ananthakrishnan
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University), NH 45A, Puducherry 607402
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-258X.303629

Postgraduate medical education in India is beset with many problems including lack of a uniform national syllabus, nonexistence of an accepted list of competencies across disciplines, lack of uniformity in teaching/learning methods between different institutions, a poor evaluation system which focuses on a day's performance rather than the whole course and lack of attention to attitude and professionalism both in the training and evaluation processes. Since there is no national-level quality control of the outgoing postgraduates, there is no uniformity either in knowledge or skill level among them. Regulatory control over the whole process inhibits institutions from making any changes. Furthermore, the summative examination process is entirely under regulatory guidelines, with little or no option to universities and institutions to change the same. In this scenario, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry, introduced and implemented a competency-based training programme for medical postgraduates, which is now in the 4th year. This model is suitable for the Indian milieu as it can be implemented within the regulatory guidelines. The model has been described with details of the processes involved in preparation, implementation, monitoring and overcoming possible hurdles and pitfalls in the Indian context.

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