First MBBS: three decades ago



Health humanities, First MBBS students, Early clinical exposure, Preclinical curriculum


For several decades the first MBBS (undergraduate medical course) in India was of 18 months duration. This time was exclusively devoted to learning the preclinical subjects of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. There was little to no early clinical exposure and communication skills, empathy, the patient perspective, and the medical humanities were not addressed. In this article, the author discusses his preclinical years in a government medical college in Kerala, India.    


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Author Biography

P Ravi Shankar

Dr Shankar is a faculty member at the IMU Centre for Education, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Dr Shankar had started a Medical Humanities module in Pokhara, Nepal and initiated and sustained a module for over five years at KIST Medical College, Lalitpur, Nepal. He has facilitated Medical Humanities modules at Aruba and Saint Lucia. He is a reviewer for a number of journals. He is a PSGFAIMER Fellow in Health Professions Education. He has a keen interest in the medical humanities and in creative writing, photography and trekking. 




How to Cite

Shankar, P. R. (2022). First MBBS: three decades ago. Research and Humanities in Medical Education, 9, 21–23. Retrieved from