All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was established by the Act of Parliament in 1956 as an

autonomous institute to set patterns in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education in all its

branches to so as to demonstrate a high standard of medical education. This is the only institute outside

the jurisdiction of Medical Council of India to encourage experiments in the curriculum. The Course

leading to the Degree of MBBS has been in existence since 1956. It mainly follows a disciplinary

structure. However, since inception, AIIMS has been constantly upgrading its course content in tune

with the changing needs. Many alterations have taken place during the last fifty years, which have been

reflected in the present curriculum document.


The MBBS course comprises four and a half years, followed by compulsory rotatory internship of one

year. The course follows semester system, each semester consisting of six months. The MBBS course

is divided in to three phases, viz., Pre-clinical, Para-clinical and Clinical Phase, during which following

subjects are introduced

Goals and objectives of undergraduate course (MBBS)

At the end of the MBBS course, the learner shall be able to:

1. Diagnose and manage common health problems of the individual and the community appropriate to

his/her position as a member of the health team at primary, secondary and tertiary levels;

2. Be competent to practice preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative medicine in respect to

the commonly encountered health problems;

3. Practice Evidence Based Medicine, appreciating the rationale for different therapeutic modalities

and be familiar with the administration of “essential drugs” and their common side effects;

4. Appreciate the psycho-social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors affecting health, and

develop humane attitude towards the patients/relatives, in discharging one’s professional


5. Be familiar with the various National Health Programs, and the ways in which they are being


6. Acquire basic management skills in the area of materials, financial and human resources;

7. Demonstrate communication skills, both verbal and written to establish effective communication

with the clients (patients, relatives, and general public), health team partners, and scientific community;

8. Practice medical ethics in patient care, service delivery, and research.

9. Develop attitude for self learning and acquire necessary skills including the use of appropriate

technologies, for pursuing self directed learning for a life time.

 the help of didactic lectures on specific topics followed by dissection / practicals. The general

pattern of teaching methodology followed by all the faculty members and teaching staff in the department

1. Didactic Lectures : discussing the topic in detail in one hour lecture time.

Practicals Learning objectives are given to students before each session.

2. Dissection : is done by students on the cadavers and is being assisted/supervised by a team of

teachers. Some prossected specimen/dissection are shown on Ultrascope which is telecasted on

TV monitors fitted in dissection Hall.

3. Video tapes of some dissections are also shown on TV after the completion of dissection of the part/

region to recaptulate the details of the part/region dissected.

4. Cross sections of whole body and brain are shown to correlate with MRI. X-rays are shown after

dissection of each region.

5. Self assessment MCQs are given at the end of dissection of each region and discussed with teachers


6. Handouts are given at the end of completion of part/region to the students to recaptulate and remember

the Gross anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Embryology and Histology.

7. In microanatomy, a preview of the slides is given on TV monitor in small groups to understand the

structural details of tissue/structure/organ.

8. In embryology, the serial sections of early chick embryos and pig embryos are demonstrated to

understand the sequence of events involved in development of various systems and to understand

the developmental basis of occurrence of various congenital abnormalities. Computer assisted

programs for understanding the normal development of organ/systems is also demonstrated. Specimen

and models depicting normal development of system are shown.

9. In genetics, the phenotype photographs, karyotyPes and pictures of various banding techniques are

shown to understand the chromosomal abnormalities and various syndromes.

10. In Neuroanatomy, the stained sections at various levels of brain and spinal cord are shown on slides

and computers to localize the cranial nerve nuclei and trace the origin, course and termination of

ascending and descending tracts in order to understand the effects produced as a result of lesions.

11. Case studies of neural lesions are discussed to understand the location and level of lesions.

12. Demonstrations : Mainly the bones of the entire body, few dissected specimen are taught in small


By a combination of the above teaching-Learning tools and modalities the student is able to understand

the development, gross and microscopic structure of the organ systems and gain an insight into the

structure-function correlation. This combined with the knowledge of applied/clinical anatomy provides

an understanding of the anatomical basis of health and disease.


Semester examinations

1st mid Semester: held on 1st – 2nd week of October

1st end Semester: held on 1st – 2nd week of December

Second Semester: held on 1st – 2nd week of March.

Semester examinations are held both for the theory and practical courses.

1st professional Final (Summative) Examination: Students are assessed on the complete 1st year

syllabus in biochemistry theory and practicals.

Mark distribution

Semester examinations

Theory: total 75 (25 in each semester):

Practical: total 75 (25 in each semester)

Final Examination

Theory : Total 75

Practical : Total 75

Total marks (1st Prof. in Biochemistry)

Semester Examination 150

Final Examination 150

Total 300


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