According to the guidelines by the Medical Council of India, from this year students who join different medical colleges will be given a period of 30 days to get along with the campus and the atmosphere. This has been introduced in order to lessen down the stress level of the students. No lectures will be conducted for the students of BDS and MBBS, they can just roam around and know their campus, faculty and seniors better in this span of one month.
In this period the students will be taught how to maintain their mental balance under immense pressure. This can be considered to be a vital step as many a time it has been seen that students lose their cool under both academic and work pressure. According to the decision, students will also be imparted knowledge on how to attend the lectures effectively. They will also be taught easy ways to understand the lectures delivered by the faculty members. The officials of several medical colleges said that this process of amalgamation before the students embark on their journey of being doctors will lessen down the chances of ragging.
Professor AA Mahdi, Vice Chancellor of Era University said that when someone shifts to a new house, he/she always makes an effort to explore the neighbourhood and tries to know how the locality is connected to the roads and parks. Similarly, these 30 days will give the medical students a scope to explore their campus and atmosphere better which they would have in the later phases.
It has been seen that the language used for communication on the campus has been a problem for many students. To resolve issues the students will be provided with lectures on English. They will also be delivered lectures by the senior students of the different medical colleges on how to manage emergency situations. This will help the freshers to gain knowledge about the work culture.
Prof Sunita Tiwari, HOD of the Physiology Department at King George’s Medical University said that it is necessary for the medical students to gauge the pressure experienced by the doctors. She added by saying that students will also be given scope to practically feel the tension felt in the OPDs.