February 11, 2010

Rural medicine course: classes to be held in district schools

According to the draft of the proposed rural medical course — Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery’ (BRMS), the classes will be held in medical schools (located in district hospitals) and the examinations will be conducted as well as the degrees conferred by the university to which the medical schools would be affiliated.

Districts where no medical college exists will be given preference for establishment of these schools with a minimum of either 25 or 50 students.

The medical schools will have residential campuses, and a district-based admission system has been charted out for the course.

Those with the BRMS degree can be sent anywhere across the state, but they cannot seek service in any other state or else their degree will be rendered invalid. The draft reads: “Registration of the BRMS graduate will be worked out by the states concerned and their respective medical councils. The medical schools will be recognised for the conferment of degree by the concerned state medical council or by such authority as would be notified for the said purpose.”

The registered graduates will be under the ambit of disciplinary jurisdiction of the code of medical ethics prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Also, the registration has to be renewed on a yearly basis for four years when they get permanent registration.

The course will be broken up into Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, Pathology and Microbiology, Pharmacology, Forensic medicine, Medicine and allied disciplines, Paediatrics, Surgical an allied disciplines, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and community medicine.

The draft specifies in the teachers’ eligibility criteria that medical officers without PG degree cannot go beyond Assistant Professors.

An MBBS degree holder with three years experience as medical officer is eligible for the post of lecturer; a medical officer with postgraduation qualifies as assistant professor; a medical officer with PG qualification and eight years experience as medical officer can become an associate professor; and a medical officer with PG qualification and 14 years experience as medical officer can become a professor.

While these are some of the key points mentioned in the draft, MCI president Dr Ketan Desai said: “The key points listed in the draft will be the skeleton for the implementation of this course. Only a few changes are expected in the final framework.”

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