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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 104-106

COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need to reconsider psychiatry training of Indian medical graduate

1 Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, JIPMER, Puducherry, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, MGM Medical College and Research Center, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia
6 Department of Psychiatry, St John's Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
7 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
8 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
9 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
10 Department of Psychiatry, MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
11 Department of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
12 Department of Psychiatry, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka, India
13 Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. M Kishor
Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_61_20

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In the middle of COVID-19 crisis in India and the psychological impact on millions of peoples, is it time to reconsider psychiatry training for Indian medical graduate under the new competency-based curriculum? India has one of the highest numbers of medical colleges in the world and also has over a million doctors, including MBBS graduates working at the primary health-care centers who are important pillars for health-care delivery. In a major drawback that also plagued the earlier curriculum, the new competency-based curriculum has not incorporated a single mandatory skill in psychiatry which a medical trainee has to demonstrate to become doctor. Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic are interlinked in a complex manner. Hence, millions are likely to have mental health consequences. With no skill required in psychiatry as a must for a medical trainee to become an MBBS doctor, the mental health services during or aftermath of a disaster are severely compromised and need urgent reconsideration under the new curriculum.

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