COMMUNITY ATTACHMENT PROGRAMME
The community attachment is a practical appointment based in a community setting. It focuses on providing work-setting based education for the undergraduates, an appointment equivalent to clinical appointments at the hospital in medical education principles. The attachment extend through a period of one year and students are expected to visit the community at least once in four weeks and conduct a seminar two weeks after each field visit. The structure of the programme is given in Figure 01.
Figure 01: Structure of the Community Attachment Programme
The batch would be divided into four groups so that around 40 students would work as a group to promote health in the assigned community of 100 families. The students are paired up within the group and five households are allocated to a pair. Thus, the community attachment provides the opportunity to undergraduate medical students to interact at individual and household levels to promote health of a community. Each group will be further divided into four subgroups and are expected to implement a community intervention during the attachment. It will give them the opportunity to interact with other families in the community, community leaders, community based organizations, government officials, health and non-health field workers and other stake holders in the area. The learning outcomes that are expected to be fulfilled are stated below.
Learning outcomes of the Community Attachment programme;
- Assessment of health status of a community
- Responding to community health needs
- Community diagnosis and management
- Identifying social, economic and political determinants of health
- Recognizing the need for multi-faceted and sustainable actions for a healthy community
- Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community health programmes
- Practicing inter-sector collaboration for community health
- Optimal use of existing systems and networks for community health
- Effective management of resources
- Effective management of challenges and opportunities for community health
- Promotion and maintenance of healthy life styles
- Community management of common medical conditions
The students are accompanied by a supervisor from the Department of Public Health in the visits to the community. S/he will provide technical guidance to the individual and collective actions for promoting community health and facilitate reflective learning processes, facilitating the students to achieve the expected learning outcomes.