Introduction: Advances in biochemical sciences have led to a significant progress in medical treatment. However, not much change has been made in the medical school curricula.
Current teaching practices and lacunae: Medical schools follow didactic teaching. Policy makers hark on the pedagogical skills of the medical educators. However, one should talk about the “andragogical skills” of a medical educator. Adults approach learning in a way fundamentally different from children. Our country is still far away from fully adopting innovative teaching methods for medical education. There is absence of strong teacher-training programs.
The way forward: Regulatory body for medical education has emphasized need based curriculum. Large scale training of the faculties of all medical colleges has been initiated. However, the scope and pace of all such activities is probably insufficient. Consideration should be given to shift towards andragogical approach, robust teacher-training programs and earnestly implementing innovative teaching methodologies for medical education.
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