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Annexure - A : Group Work
Incorporating RNTCP into Medical College Curriculum

Group 2b


List of Group Members

Sl. No. Name College
1 Dr K Venu Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad
2 Dr S.K Jindal PGIMER, Chandigarh
3 Dr K.S Siddaraju Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore
4 Dr S.B Patil B.M Patil Medical College, Bijapur
5 Dr Jeesha C Haran Pariyaram Medical College, Kannur
6 Dr Kashyap Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla
7 Dr Sunderani Grant Medical College, Mumbai
8 Dr S.V Gorpade B.J Medical College, Pune
9 Dr D Ranganathan Medical College, Chingelpet
10 Dr K.R John Christian Medical College, Vellore
11 Dr Mukul Chandra Dhar R.G Kar Medical College, Kolkata
12 Dr (Mrs) K Chandra Chennai Medical College, Chennai
13 Dr George D’Souza St John’s Medical College, Bangalore
14 Dr C Nagaraja Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore

Rapporteurs :

Dr B Mahadev, CMO, NTI.
Dr Raj Singh & Dr Shanta Ghatak, WHO RNTCP Medical Consultants


TB is the number one public health enemy in India, causing immense social and economic burden.

By teaching medical students about RNTCP, we shall be ensuring sustainability of the programme in our country. Considering the magnitude of the problem, the UG curriculum needs to be revised based on the RNTCP policy

Existing scenario

There has not been a uniform and consistent approach of teaching TB and its control to the UG medical students. This has resulted in lack of understanding of scientific practices of TB control programme. With the advent of RNTCP, it is important to pass on the knowledge of the global consensus on a sound and scientific basis for diagnosis and treatment of TB.


At the end of the course an UG student should be able to identify, diagnose and treat TB as per the RNTCP principles and guidelines.


Must know


Magnitude of the problem

RNTCP organisational set up

Case definition


Rationale of Intermittent chemotherapy in RNTCP

Treatment regimen/categorisation

Recording and reporting/Monitoring

Field visits

Desirable to know



TB & co-existent diseases e.g., diabetes

Childhood TB

Good to know

Social aspects of TB


Integrated teaching: The departments of Medicine / Chest Medicine/ PSM should be involved in teaching

Duration of teaching

Med./ Chest Dept: 2 hours lectures on RNTCP in the 2nd and final clinical years.

PSM Dept: Two hours in the 2nd Year.

Practical training for UGs in the final clinical years:

Field visits involving the state government health system (DTO, MO-TU & MO-PHI).

Community based problem solving.


On hand training.

An internee should be able to identify, diagnose, categorise a TB patient attending the rural training centre. The rural training centre should be upgraded to handle TB patients under RNTCP.


In-house periodic assessment should include questions on RNTCP.

Evaluation of the curriculum should be undertaken periodically.

Every medical college should have a TU/MC/DOT Centre for field visits of medical students.

A resolution from this Workshop to MCI to include RNTCP in the medical curriculum.

PG Teaching

RNTCP should be included in PG teaching curricula.

Compulsory posting of PG students in RNTCP OPD.

Med/Chest Med - 2 months over 2 years.

Med: Out of the chest posting at least 2 weeks/3 weeks for RNTCP.

PSM - 3 months over 2 years.

1-2 Seminars/clinical meetings on RNTCP during PG years.

Thesis/ Dissertations on RNTCP.

Upgradation of library – CTD to support & encourage the visits of PG students to NTI/TRC/LRS etc., with CTD/ Parent institute/ University support.

A National Quiz on RNTCP in the Medical colleges for UG students.

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