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General Medicine Curriculum

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(I) Interns shall acquire following training during their term. 

(a) Acquire competence for clinical diagnosis based on history physical examination and relevant laboratory investigation and institute appropriate line of management; 
(b) This would include diseases common in tropics (parasitic, bacterial or viral infections, nutritional disorders, including dehydration and electrolyte disturbances) and system illnesses.

(II) The intern shall have assisted as a care team in intensive care of cardiac, respirator, hepatic, neurological and metabolic emergencies. 

(III) The intern shall be able to conduct the following laboratory investigations: 

(a) Blood: (Routine haematology smear and blood groups);
(b) Urine: (Routine chemical and microscopic);
(c) Stool: (for ova/cyst and occult blood);
(d) Sputum and throat swab for gram stain or acid fast stain and
(e) Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF) for smear. 

(IV) Conduct following diagnostic procedures: 

(a) Urethral catheterisation

  • Proctoscopy
  • Ophthalmoscopy/Otoscopy
  • Indirect laryngoscopy

(b) Therapeutic procedures

  • Insertion of Ryles Tube
  • Pleural, ascetic tap
  • Cerebro Spinal Fluid (CSF) tap
  • installing or air way tube
  • Oxygen administration etc. 

(V) Biopsy Procedures:

  • Liver, Kidney,
  • Skin, Nerve
  • Lymph node
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • Biopsy of Malignant lesions on surface
  • Nasal/nerve/skin smear for leprosy


(a) Familiarity with usage of life saving procedures:

  • Including use of aspirator
  • Respirator
  • Defibrillator

(b) Competence in interpretation of different monitoring devices such as cardiac monitor, blood gas analysis etc.

(VII) Participate as a team member in total health care of an individual including appropriate follow-up and social rehabilitation. 

(VIII) Other competencies as indicated in general objectives.