The Foundation Course for the MBBS undergraduates admitted in 2022 (Batch 2021-22) was held in TMMCRC from March to May, 2022. The Foundation Course was conducted by the Medical Education Unit and Foundation Course Committee of TMMCRC as per the recent modification implemented by NMC (under BOG) for the CBME Curriculum. The foundation course has been divided into a total of 6 modules, which include the Orientation Program, Professional Development including Ethics, Skill Module, Field Visit to Community Health Center, Sports & Extracurricular activities, and Enhancement of Language/Computer Skills, with a wide array of topics for the overall growth and development of students. The purpose of this foundation course was to orient students to all aspects of the medical college environment, equipping them with certain basics and providing them with an opportunity to interact.
The team of speakers included – Prof. Shyamoli Dutta (Principal, TMMC&RC), Prof. Ajay Pant (Medical Supd’t), Prof. S.K. Jain (Vice Principal & HOD -Anatomy), Prof. V.K. Singh (Deputy MS & HOD – Medicine), Prof. Prithpal S Matreja (Coordinator –MEU & HOD – Pharmacology), Prof. Seema Awasthi (HOD - Pathology), Prof. Shruti Chandak (Prof-Radiodiagnosis), Prof Sudhir Gupta (HOD-Community Medicine), Dr. Sadhna Singh (Prof – Community Medicine), Prof Rohit K Varshney (Head – Emergency Medicine), Prof Dr. J.B. Kumar (Head – Physiology), Prof. U. Farooq (Head – Microbiology), Prof. Nidhi Sharma (Prof – Aantomy), Prof. Prerana Gupta (Prof – Psychiatry), Dr. Anish Prabhakar (Assoc. Prof – Community Medicine) and other members of foundation course committee.
The areas covered included not only domains of medical science but other areas for their development. Domains of medical sciences included – Need for the program, Holistic healing, Medical profession, Your journey through 4.5 years, Doctors & beyond, ATCOM module, Basic medical research, Health Care system & policies, IMG, Doctor-patient relationship, and Teaching & Learning Methodology. Whereas other areas covered were – Exploring the library for studies, Introductory computer skills, About TMU, Motivational enhancement techniques, Learning & Communication Skills, Ethics & its practice in life, Expected behavior, English language, Key to success, Co-curricular activities, protecting yourself and campus life, to name a few of the components of various modules held. The skill module involved modules on first aid, BLS, universal precautions, waste management, immunization and documentation, which motivated the students.
The Anatomy Department under Dr. S.K. Jain (Vice Principal & Prof & HOD) also conducted the cadaveric oath, which dealt with humanely dealing with the cadaver, as it was the first teacher in a medical college. The cadaver was a voluntary gift by an individual for the betterment of society and should be given appropriate respect. The aim for these sessions was that the first-year students do not feel lost in the Medical College and the expectations. The program aimed to keep the students motivated and also laid emphasis on their overall development as responsible individuals for themselves as well as their family, relatives, and society at large. The participation of students was quite energetic and they gave their inputs that they wanted more interactions with their seniors as well as regular sessions at a monthly interval so that their motivation does not wane off.