In order to increase student engagement and learning, the institute has introduced a ﬂipped classroom as an instructional strategy. The learning material is communicated to the students beforehand. They have the liberty to access this material at their convenience. The classroom time is dedicated to presentations, discussions, quizzes, and other strategies that promote a deeper understanding of concepts.
TEAM BASED LEARNING
Team-based learning strategy has been introduced in the college. This strategy inculcates team building and leadership skills in our students. Students collaborate in teams to achieve their learning objectives and thus active learning takes place.
A mentorship program is being run at CPMC to form a healthy association between a small group of students and a senior member of the faculty as a mentor, a mandatory weekly session of 90 minutes is conducted and in addition to those students are encouraged to contact their mentors whenever they want.
The institute encourages guest lecture programs for the academic enrichment of its faculty and students. These guest lectures provide students and faculty members a unique opportunity to meet people of a high academic profile from time to time and hear about their expertise and life experiences. This provides an extra benefit to the students by giving them a chance to interact and exchange new ideas with the guest lecturers and broaden their knowledge base.
EARLY CLINICAL EXPOSURE PROGRAM
We have introduced an early clinical exposure program into our curriculum, in order to facilitate the students to understand the application of basic sciences in clinical practice and aid in eﬀective learning of clinical skills. Early clinical exposure is an opportunity for the students to see the illness from the patient’s perspective. Moreover, it is a platform for students to improve their communication skills and get initiated into inculcating professionalism at a very early stage of their medical education.
CLINICO BASIC & CLINICO PATHOLOGICAL CONFERENCES
To integrate basics with clinical sciences, Clinico-Basic Conferences (CBC) are conducted for first and second year students. They involve clinical specialities according to basic content, thus enhancing the student learning to improve application of knowledge. Clinico Pathological Conferences (CPC) are conducted for third, fourth and final year students. The material for these conferences is prepared by the students to enhance their analytical and problem solving skills. The students are given an MCQ test immediately after the CBC / CPC session. The test involves 5 MCQs (to be answered in 5 minutes) for a maximum of 5 marks and these marks are added up in their monthly test session.
Journal club is an innovative way of teaching critical appraisal to medical undergraduate students. By making journal clubs part of the CPMC curriculum from the very beginning, the students will have good exposure to the world of frontline research, and pave their way for future entry into the world of transactional research. For this purpose, epidemiology, bioethics, and biostatistics are inducted into the curriculum of 1st-year MBBS at CPMC. Planned, structured sessions with well-defined learning objectives are designed, with their smooth functioning ensured under the supervision of research mentors, who are well trained to conduct the session.
RESEARCH CULTURE AMONG STUDENTS
CPMC has a very strong focus on research which forms the cornerstone of modern-day medical education. Students are encouraged to undertake research work and funding is also made available to projects having a potential clinical impact. Under the leadership of Prof. A.S. Chughtai, a research committee is functional at CPMC, which aims to promote research at the undergraduate level. Journal clubs and research methodologies are a part of the CPMC curriculum for all 5 years. It is the policy of CPMC that by the time the student graduates, he should have two research papers in his credit.