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Training medical undergraduates in the core disciplines of community medicine through community postings – an experience from India
  1. Hemant Deepak Shewade1,a,
  2. Chinnakali Palanivel1,b and
  3. Kathiresan Jeyashree2
  1. 1.Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India
  2. 2.Department of Community Medicine, Velammal Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Madurai, India
  1. Corresponding author: Hemant Deepak Shewade, MBBS, MD, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), South-East Asia Office, C-6, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016, India, E-mail: hemantjipmer{at}


Objective Family medicine, epidemiology, health management and health promotion are the core disciplines of community medicine. In this paper, we discuss the development of a community posting program within the framework of community medicine core disciplines at a primary health centre attached to a teaching hospital in Puducherry, India.

Methods This is a process documentation of our experience.

Results There were some shortcomings which revolved around the central theme that postings were conducted with department in the teaching hospital as the focal point, not the primary health centre (PHC). To address the shortcomings, we made some changes in the existing community posting program in 2013. Student feedback aimed at Kirkpatrick level 1 (satisfaction) evaluation revealed that they appreciated the benefits of having the posting with PHC as the focal point. Feedback recommended some further changes in the community posting which could be addressed through complete administrative control of the primary health centre as urban health and training center of the teaching hospital; and also through practice of core disciplines of community medicine by faculty of community medicine.

Conclusion It is important to introduce the medical undergraduates to the core disciplines of community medicine early through community postings. Community postings should be conducted with primary health centre or urban health and training centre as the focal point.

  • Family medicine
  • community posting
  • clinical posting
  • community-based medical education
  • undergraduate medical education
  • epidemiology
  • health management
  • health promotion

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