Experts at a seminar on Saturday said that medical curriculum of the country should undergo changes which can help provide world-class education to medical students.
Medical students study non-clinical subjects more than clinical ones which put obstacles in the way of their learning, they said.
They came up with these remarks while addressing a national policy dialogue on dealing with the challenges of quality medical education organised by Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) at the LGED auditorium in the city.
Chairman of the PPRC and former adviser of a caretaker government Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman chaired the event where Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim was present as the chief guest.
Senior medical professionals from public and private medical colleges, renowned public health experts, local government representatives and national professors were also present.
In his speech, Mohammed Nasim said, “I have to be under pressure from different parts of society to give approval to private medical colleges.But I never do it, as the owners of the private medical colleges are not setting up hospitals, libraries and laboratories with the medical colleges.”
He said that they are capable of monitoring private medical colleges in every six months and no-one can flout any rules set by the health ministry.
The government will not compromise on the standards of medical education, he said.
Talking about the internship, Mohammed Nasim said that they are planning to initiate a two-year internship for the MBBS students – in the first year they will be staying in the medical colleges’ hospital and the next year they will be sent to health clinics in rural areas.
The health minister also inaugurated Healthy Bangladesh, a civic platform to promote solutions, empower drivers.
Four issues have been included in Healthy Bangladesh which are cleanliness, nutrition, fitness and healthcare.
About fitness, he said ‘National Fitness Day’ will also be observed in days to come to raise awareness about physical fitness.