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Strengthening the Delivery of Rural Medical Education: Identification of the Potential Challenges and Responding to Them with Feasible Solutions

Saurabh Ram Bihari Lal Shrivastava, Prateek S Shrivastava

Keywords : Curriculum, Medical education, Rural

Citation Information : Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Strengthening the Delivery of Rural Medical Education: Identification of the Potential Challenges and Responding to Them with Feasible Solutions. 2021; 4 (1):23-25.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-03103

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-03-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The existing practice of training medical students in medical colleges is hospital driven, with limited and variable focus toward posting them in rural settings. However, in the global vision to produce a primary healthcare physician and attain universal health coverage, it is a must that all the medical students should be given exposure to rural medical education. The process of planning and implementing the delivery of rural medical education has multiple inherent challenges and each of these needs to be effectively addressed to ensure the accomplishment of the intended learning outcomes. It has been advocated that the outcome of rural medical education is much better once students are posted for longer durations and in settings wherein rural experience opportunities are well distributed throughout the training period. In conclusion, the delivery of rural medical education is the need of the hour and is based on the principle of training medical students in a community-oriented approach. The medical colleges and public health sector have to work with utmost collaboration to ensure that medical students are benefited, and in the long run, the prevailing issue of maldistribution of trained specialists is eliminated and an improvement in health indices is observed.


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