KIST Medical College in consonance with trends the world over treats students as adult learners capable of taking increasing responsibility for their own learning. A mixture of lectures, practicals and self-directed learning sessions (under the guidance of facilitators) are used for student learning. As recommended by TU, IOM an integrated, organ system approach is followed. All new students have to attend a week long orientation program where they learn about medical ethics, the institution, the duties and responsibilities of a medical student, the art of medicine, the doctor and the community and how to develop problem based learning skills. The students become familiar with faculty members and various departments.
The lecture halls are equipped with all modern teaching-learning aids. Whiteboard, projection screen, LCD and overhead projectors, public address system and cordless microphones are provided. The practical halls are equipped with all necessary equipments and instruments. The pharmacology and community medicine practical labs are arranged for promoting problem-based learning in groups. Tables and chairs for group work, flip boards and flip charts, white board, LCD projector and computer aided learning programs are available.
There are regular assessments at the end of each organ system and students are counseled to improve their performance. Different departments conduct formative assessments regularly. Correlation seminars help students develop an integrated view of the subject and teach them to work in a team. Problem based learning sessions in Pharmacology teaches students about rational therapeutics and equips them with the skills to stay up to date with newer medicines and therapies. Students maintain practical records and log books of their learning activities. They stay in rural communities during their community diagnosis posting and learn to be a ‘community doctor’.
Early clinical contact is emphasized and students spend around four hours every week in the teaching hospital learning history taking skills in the first year and physical examinations kills in the second. They also participate in a Medical Humanities module which teaches them the ‘art’ of medicine and to be more humane doctors. The college has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Medicine allowing students to obtain autopsy training at IOM.
KISTMC follows the innovative curriculum of Institute of Medicine. The core philosophy of the curriculum is integrated basic medical science teaching learning activities with community based problem oriented learning. KISTMC management has been able to successfully implement this complex curriculum in real practice. The calendar of operation with daily routine is the landmark of success to create a serene academic environment. As the course has been presented in a structured manner, the first batch of MBBS students has been able to give excellent pass percentage result in the final University examination.
The basic medical sciences subjects which include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology and Microbiology, are taught during the first two years in an integrated manner. During this period students are also exposed to the hospital settings for history taking skills and to the community diagnosis. Students who do not clear the second year examination even in the fourth attempt will be expelled from the course by the University.
The clinical subjects, which includes Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesia, Dentistry, Radiodiagnosis , Psychiatry, Dermatology, etc along with Forensic Medicine, are taught during the remaining two and half years. The teaching/learning activities of Community Medicine starts from the first year and continue till the end of the course.
One year compulsory rotating internship is mandatory for all the graduates after passing their final MBBS examination. The medium of instruction of the course is English but it is necessary to learn Nepali in order to communicate with patients and the community.