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First-year Medical Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions and Experiences Regarding Family Adoption Program: Challenges and Lessons

Priya Arora, Nidhi Budh, Samar R Hossain

Keywords : Family adoption challenges, Family adoption program, Medical students

Citation Information : Arora P, Budh N, Hossain SR. First-year Medical Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions and Experiences Regarding Family Adoption Program: Challenges and Lessons. Journal of Medical Academics 2023; 6 (2):49-52.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11003-0132

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-12-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Introduction: In 2021, National Medical Commission (NMC) introduced a family adoption program (FAP) as part of the Community Medicine Curriculum to sensitize the upcoming medical professionals to the health needs of the community, learn communication skills, health education, basic health services, and function as a link between the health system and the families, enabling them to become physicians of first contact. Objectives: To know the perceptions of first-year medical students toward the FAP. To assess the challenges encountered by the students during family adoption visits. Materials and methods: Cross-sectional study among phase 1 undergraduate medical students using a self-administered questionnaire and analysis of feedback for FAP given by the students. Results: Students reported a positive impact of FAP visits on their communication skills for interacting with families. They, however, feel that it should be included a little later in the curriculum so they have more clinical skills when they go for FAP visits. Conclusion: Family adoption is instrumental in improvement in self-perceived communication skills and ability to help community with their health problems.

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