Designing and Implementation of Electives Training in Competency Based Medical Education Curriculum
Keywords:CBME, Curriculum, Electives, Medical Education
One of the characteristics of CBME curriculum is introduction of 2-month electives program in which students get an opportunity to differentiate, experience applicative use of knowledge and develop applied skills. Since students have a choice of identifying a topic of their interest for elective training, it is expected to provide a unique learning (by doing) experience (experiential learning) and greater degree of satisfaction.
This article was prepared using the NMC Electives Module and searching the relevant published articles. Members of Medical Education Unit and Curriculum Committee were consulted as and when required.
We have suggested a plan for effective implementation of Electives training at institute level. We have also suggested a timeline for implementation of Electives training and also distribution of students in two blocks for 8-week rotation for electives.
Electives complement core curriculum, supplement individual and team-based learning and inculcate organizational capabilities. Furthermore, students can identify their future learning needs. Accordingly, they would customize (select, organize and direct) their study designs to meet their specific individual learning needs. A carefully designed plan would enhance success of the elective program.