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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 311-315

The need for integrating social and behavioral sciences in the Indian medical curriculum


Department of Medical Education, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

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Dr. Z Zayapragassarazan
Department of Medical Education, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry - 605 006
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.ijhas_34_21

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Behavior, social, psychological, and biological factors affect health and disease. It is widely recognized that behavioral and social sciences should become an integral part of medical training. Integrating behavioral and social science into the curriculum is a key issue emphasized in many research. Despite the critical role of behavior and social science in health-care performance, these have not been effectively incorporated in the medical and allied health sciences curriculum. This article emphasizes the role, purpose, and importance of social and behavioral science in the medical curriculum. It also discusses how effectively these domains can be integrated into the medical school curriculum to train future doctors in social and behavioral sciences relevant to medical practice. Such medical education and training will help future doctors to practice with a fully informed medical system.


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