February 11, 2010

IMA rubbishes rural medicine degree plan

The Medical Council of India's decision to introduce four-year courses in Bachelor in Rural Medicine and Surgery will only produce "qualified quacks," the Indian Medical Association has said.

In a strongly-worded statement on Saturday, IMA Tamil Nadu chapter president Dr R Gunasekaran and secretary Dr TN Ravisankar said the such ill-trained doctors could mismanage patients causing complications and even deaths.

The need of the hour is to train paramedical or multi-purpose health workers and equip them with the knowledge to identify infectious diseases, insect and animal bites and other illnesses in the earlier stages and refer them to qualified doctors.

"The existing four-and-a-half years of medical education and another year of internship itself is inadequate. It takes another five years for a fully qualified doctor to gain comprehensive knowledge. Compared to this, a BRMS will only be a qualified quack," the statement said.

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