Pune: The Medical Council of India (MCI) approved Department of Regional Medical Education (RME) was inaugurated at the AFMC on Tuesday, to help implement the new Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) undergraduate curriculum and the Attitude Ethics and Communication (AETCOM) module. Also, a Multidisciplinary Research Unit (MRU) was inaugurated to enable collaborative research between multiple institutions.
Dr VK Paul, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) and member of NITI Aayog, inaugurated both the units in the presence of Lt Gen Bipin Puri, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS).
“Apart from the Armed Forces, the AFMS has also served crores civilians across the country. The Armed Forces are always at the forefront to help the civil population, especially during calamities. We want to strengthen the synergy between the AFMS and the DRDO laboratories and other government institutions, to conduct long term research in medical science,” Paul said.
According to AFMC officials, the Regional Medical Educational Department (RMED) will now promote faculty development through courses and research in medical education and also present their works in national and international conferences. The department will help implement the new CBME undergraduate curriculum and the AETCOM module.
Another highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of the Multidisciplinary Research Unit (MRU). The MRU, a brainchild of the dean and Dy Commandant, Maj Gen Madhuri Kanitkar, was conceptualised in 2017 and approval of Ministry of Defence was received this year. It has been funded by the Department of Health Research (DHR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The MRU will enable collaborative research between multiple institutions and will also support vibrant and thriving PhD programmes, which will ensure continuity in research.
Lt Gen Puri said, “Every day, new technology is coming up in the medical field. Therefore, we have to keep technology up-gradation to meet contemporary and future challenges of the AFMS. Technology advancement in medical science is taking place rapidly across the globe. We are adopting new technologies including AI, robotic surgery among others.”