March 20, 2010

Surgery removed from rural health course

Facing objections from the medical fraternity over the proposed Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery course for rural areas, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has now reworked the proposal to restrict the course to ‘general medication’ and renamed it as ‘Bachelor of Rural Health Care’. The cases that need surgery will be referred to big hospitals, suggests the new proposal.

The changes in the proposal have been made based on the recommendations made during a two-day workshop held last month to discuss the rural model of undergraduate medical education.

The MCI’s executive committee has also proposed to extend the course tenure from three-and-a-half years to four years, inclusive of six months rotating internship. “It would be institutional in character conducted through medical schools which would be tagged with public district hospitals in the districts where there are no medical colleges as of now,” says the proposal.

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