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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 222-226

Ensuring smooth implementation of attitude, ethics, and communication module in medical colleges: SWOT analysis


1 Department of Community Medicine, Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Prof. Saurabh R Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmbs.ijmbs_51_21

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A successful medical practitioner is not only measured by the knowledge about the subject, ability to apply the learned knowledge, and the skillset, but also by their ability to communicate, empathize, and offer tender care and support to the patients and their caregivers. To prepare the medical practitioner to effectively discharge their roles, it is a must that active interventions are being taken during the period of medical training. In a targeted attempt to strategically bridge the existing gaps, the regulatory body in India has recommended to all the medical colleges to introduce attitude, ethics, and communication (AETCOM) module in the undergraduate training period. However, it is always nice to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) involved in the implementation of training modules so that the intended learning outcomes can be accomplished in the due course. In conclusion, the decision to systematically introduce and expose the students to AETCOM module is a historical one in the undergraduate training period. It is the need of the hour that every medical institution performs the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis of their own setting and then devises a flexible plan to derive maximum benefit for the students.


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