January 11, 2010

Rural medicine (BRMS) degree to impose restrictions on takers

One of the first states to respond to the Central government's 'rural' medicine course, Gujarat is in the process of identifying district hospitals with 200 and 300 bed-capacity for setting up colleges. The Bachelor of Rural Medical Science (BRMS) is touted as a course that would prove as a boon for all, but the fact that the degree does not leave scope for further education in the medical field has been overlooked.
“Principals of medical colleges, vice-chancellors of medical universities and directors of medical education of all states will meet in February to discuss the effective implementation of the course,” said Dr H P Bhalodia, Dean of Medical Faculty, B J Medical College.

He added: “To ensure that the trained doctors do not move to other districts or study further, the degree will remain invalid in other districts. Also, there would be no scope of further education in the medical field with it.”

Gujarat has over 1,000 posts of medical officers lying vacant as per the latest figures.

The course is being floated as an answer to the shortage, but it will put a full stop to chances of further studies for those students who opt for it.

Even though states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh have not responded to the Central government directive to give a ratio estimate of the number of patients to doctors, Gujarat has been quick to respond. Hospitals in the 20 districts in Gujarat are being identified and will be developed with a Central government fund of Rs 20 crore per college. In the three-and-a-half year duration of the course, the students will learn all subjects that the MBBS students study minus the final year super-specialisation subject.

Dr Ketan Desai, president: Medical Council of India, said, “Students can only join the course in the district they belong to; they will also be required to serve in the same districts only. The restricted licence of the 'rural doctors' will be renewed on a yearly basis. Also, retired professors within 70 years of age will be engaged as trainers.”

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3 comments:

ritesh said...

ACC. TO MY OPINION THE OTHER SYSTEM OF MEDICINE PEPOLE USE FOR THIS COURSE AND THIS IS RUNNING Y DISTRIC PLACE THERE THEY TAKE DIRECT ADMISSION IN THOSE INSTITITUTE.........TAT IS BETTER FOR THOSE STUDENTS AND PEOPLE..........

Narendra Singh said...

It will help in nothing beside increasing the number of BEROZGAAR DOCTORS.
If there is a serious shortage and the govt wants to seriously do anything then, why they are not taking BAMS/BUMS they have degrees equivalent to MBBS and they have studied all subjects and for allopathic medicines give then a six months official training. BRMS will act after 3 and a half years and the training will take only 6 months and also the best doctors will be in service.

rahul said...

B.R.M.S. is a best deseson for the rural helth services due to lack of medico practitioner in rural area i think this offer to be only for fake degree holder like b.e.m.s degree holder practitioner should be recognised by this certificate cource nd they will get social status with social work.alot of b.e.m.s.holder practitoner is living life as criminal nd this responcebility gose to INDIA GOVERNMENT.

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