KUMJ | VOL. 14 | NO. 3 | ISSUE 55 | JULY-SEPT. 2016

Teaching District Concept of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences: An Inter-disciplinary Community Based Medical Education and Health Service Delivery Model in Rural Nepal
Pokharel PK, Budhathoki SS, Upadhyay MP

Community based education trains health professional students to deal with the community health problems. The attitude and skills they gain as planners for health care provision are applicable in both hospital and community settings. B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences has implemented a model of Community based education which encompasses the health institutions, organisations and the communities of the sixteen districts in eastern Nepal and refers to this concept as the ‘Teaching District” concept of B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. This paper seeks to describe the concept and its implementation. Almost 20 years have passed since first initiated; and pending a comprehensive evaluation, this concept has gathered a great deal of experience to serve as a model for partnership between academic health sciences institutions with the district health system of Nepal.
Keyword : BPKIHS, community medicine, social accountability of medical schools, teaching district, undergraduate medical education