Dr. Sumana Samanta, Dr. Baisakhi Maji


Background: Community based experience encouraged a career in general practice and gave better orientation towards patient care. Objective: To assess the strength and weaknesses of CM curriculum, to identify the influencing factors and to document students’ suggestion regarding the modification needed. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a medical college of West Bengal in 2018 among final year students. Predesigned, semi structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Collected data were entered in MS excel spreadsheet and analyzed with the help of SPSS 22.0 version. Results: Strength of the curriculum were research work, faculty, classroom discussion, easy course and practical session. There was significant difference in perception score among different gender, caste, present residence and career preferences. Conclusion: Based on the students’ suggestion, training of existing teaching staff and more community-based learning are needed at this hour.


Community Medicine, CM curriculum, students’ perception

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