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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

EviGenCHIP – a component of EBES

Professor & HOD, Department of ENT, SBKS MI & RC, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication3-Aug-2018

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Ajay George
Professor & HOD, Department of ENT, SBKS MI & RC, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/2347-6486.238513

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Sumandeep Vidyapeeth has chosen a course of Evidence Based Education System (EBES). One of the facets of this system is that all students enrolled in the university are exposed to Evidence Based approach to their respective subjects; in Medicine it is Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). In all the phases of MBBS, the students have a lecture schedule and have to do a project based on EBM.

It starts with a simple PICO framing in first MBBS to detailed Clinical Query in third MBBS, part II. In third MBBS, part I the students have a community based project known as EviGenCHIP – Evidence Generating Community Health Intervention Project. This project has been inspired by PSBH (Problem Solving for Better Health) a concept popularized by Dreyfus Foundation, New York. The basic idea was to slowly ease the students into community work at an early stage.

The project was envisioned with an idea to serve the following purposes:

  1. Students would be exposed to research and publication at an early stage.
  2. EBM project requirements would be fulfilled.
  3. Community based project requirements would be fulfilled.
  4. The projects would serve as a primer for the ICMR-STS projects.
  5. The mandatory research requirements for under graduates in the university would also be fulfilled.

This idea of killing 5 birds with one stone has successfully fructified and we are now in the third year of its implementation. The first year there were 24 projects completed. Next year, a total of 18 projects were done. This year too, 18 projects have been planned.

It has been observed time and again by many authors that undergraduate students do feel a need to undertake research projects and acquaint themselves to the research process, but hardly ever end up doing so due to various barriers and constraints. The EviGenCHIP project sensitized majority of the students to the different aspects of research like: planning a protocol, using search engines, writing reports etc.[1] This could open up a horizon for medical undergraduates for research as a career option too; something which almost never enters the consideration of the average medical graduate.

The ultimate goal of any education is to bring a behavioral change in its students. And one of the prime attitudinal goals of the Indian Medical Graduate is to be able to solve the problems of the community.[1] However the current curriculum is way too far away from achieving this goal. And this is the void which is being filled in by EviGenCHIP.

The students have risen admirably to the challenge and have done commendable work. The feedback given by both the students and their mentors has been encouraging. As the program evolves we hope to achieve the highest level of educational objective i.e. bringing about a behavioural change in the students towards community work; glimpses of which we are very pleased to have already witnessed in some of the students.

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Shah T., Purohit G., Pandit N., George A. The changing face of medical education: The impact and effectiveness of evidence generating community health project in medical students. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences. May-Jun 2015;6(3):72-6.  Back to cited text no. 1

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