September 27, 2009

MCI all set to double PG Seats in the country!

The changes in Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations promise to address the acute shortage of specialist doctors in the country. MCI has revised the student-teacher ratio in postgraduate (PG) courses from 1:1 to 2:1,meaning two students will now be placed under one PG professor.

The rule is not applicable for associate professor and assistant professor. The decision to increase the student-teacher ratio will create nearly 4,000 PG seats from 2010-11 in government colleges. The process would be thrown open for 3000 more seats in private colleges from 2011-12, Ahmedabad-based MCI president Dr Ketan Desai said.

Under the changed regulations, state governments across the country have been told by MCI to furnish a list of professors in government medical colleges by September end so that the seats can be increased from the next academic year. For private colleges, which can generate 3000 additional seats, the applications will be scrutinized more closely.

When the change really comes, it would drastically reduce the premium charged by private medical colleges which hovers in the range of Rs 40 lakh to Rs 1 crore — normally paid by doctors with a flourishing practice who want to pass on the business to their children. The MCI has also decided to make Emergency Medicine part of the medical curriculum. India has one of the highest rates of accident deaths in the world. E

very doctor should be trained in trauma care, said Dr Desai. New and emerging disciplines have been included in the schedule. Post-graduate courses in these disciplines will be started in select government medical colleges from 2010. “These super-speciality courses will help provide cutting-edge medicine. Any recognized medical college is eligible to start such courses. Reasonable relaxation will be given to the colleges starting courses in these emerging disciplines as teachers in these specialities will be available only after a while,” said Dr Desai.

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