Teaching Methodology The curriculum of the College and the system of teaching and evaluation have all been designed to ensure the achievement of the special goals and morals set by the College as well as the skills and demands of the modern system of medical education. The main features of the system are as follows:
The College follows a program of intensive teaching which is much as the pre-clinical phase is of two years duration instead of the normal three years. The clinical phase is of two years and eight months. Care is, however, taken that the total teaching hours in any subject should not be less than those followed in its other counterparts. To ensure this, the number of holidays in the College throughout the year has been limited to forty-five days. Similarly, the daily study period in the College –class lecture as well as practical- has been extended to eight hours.
To ensure better interaction amongst staff and students the students are divided into manageable groups of 24 students during pre-clinical teaching and 4-8 students during clinical teaching.
Radical changes have been introduced in the traditional class-lecture method. Under the new system the proposed lecture is first written out, photocopied and distributed among the students. The teacher then clarifies the difficult points and corrects the mistakes. This makes the process of teaching and learning more interesting and helps the students to awaken their capacity to think and deduce for themselves.
The teaching procedure thus devised by the College comprises the following:
Lecture notes are distributed among the students sufficiently in advance so that they come prepared to the class.
Lecturers following this method are better able to stimulate the students for discussion on the topic because it has already been handed to them.
The teachers use Projectors as teaching aids to achieve further clarity on the subject.
Before going ahead with the next topic the teacher is required to make sure that each student has understood the previous lesson.
For this the teacher has to take the following steps.
Ask the students to present the essential points of the lesson.
Select the ones from among the students who can present the matter in a better way for the benefit of others, in style as well as content.
Other students are to be given the right to put questions to their colleague and get answers to them. The teacher, on her part, shall play the role of an observer and coordinator. She will intervene when necessary and give her comments and correct the mistakes, if any.
Demonstrate the clinical application of the lesson in question using whatever audio-visual aids are considered necessary, such as laboratories, microscopes and models, etc.
Let it be clear to all the male and female teachers that none of the steps suggested above is taken to be an examination meant to evaluate the students or register their marks. These are the steps suggested just for the satisfaction of the teacher that the lesson has been driven home to the minds of the students.
The College follows the method of self-learning as far as the students are concerned. Under this method the students prepare themselves for discussion circles, academic sittings and seminars with the help of the teaching staff. For these programs students also make use of computers to collect latest material and information on the subject.
The College follows the teaching method mainly of the nature of problem solving (i.e. trouble-shooting) and case study that stimulate scientific thinking and self-confidence.
Due consideration is given to coordination between the subjects and their integration in the pre-clinical phase to enable the students to have an overall understanding of the subjects and duplication of labour is avoided. The method will also serve to clarify the correlation between the pre-clinical and clinical parts of the syllabus.
Members of the teaching staff are continually updating their knowledge and information about their subjects and syllabuses through medical periodicals, C.D.ROMS and through their contacts with the libraries of different colleges by the Internet.
The College follows the system of on-going assessment of the students through lectures, discussion circles and exams at the end of each academic term.
Study plan followed by the College lays equal emphasis on both theoretical and practical sides of education at all stages.