April 20, 2011

Medical Council plans to scrap PG exam

If the Medical Council of India (MCI) has its way, medical students may not have to sit for post-graduate exams. The proposal of the MCI, however, will only be valid for those who clear the newly proposed ‘Indian Medical Graduate Exam’ and the final MBBS/exit exam.
According to MCI president Dr S K Sarin, “50 per cent weightage each will be given for deciding ranking in the post-graduate course”.

This was one of the proposals made by the MCI on Tuesday in a meeting with about 300 experts, including vice- chancellors of medical universities, state or Union Territory directorates of medical education, principals and deans of medical colleges, heads of post-graduate institutes, management officials and key representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As part of medical education reforms, the regulatory body plans to start the national-level ‘Indian Medical Graduate Exam’ which will have credibility beyond any particular university or college. The idea behind the move is to bring uniformity. “The students will no more be classified on the basis of universities/colleges they are coming from but on the basis of this national-level exam,” said Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhary, an MCI member.

While the MCI has proposed the exam to be elective for students from next year, it is of the view that from 2017 the exam should be made mandatory. “This process will restore internship which can be utilised for development of a basic doctor catering to the Indian population. As of now, the medical students are seen to be busy preparing for PG after MBBS. After this is done, they can instead relax and concentrate more on practical aspect of the profession.”

“After internship, the student will have to take a licentiate exam that will make him an Indian Medical Graduate,” added Dr Sarin.

For the newly proposed MBBS curriculum two new elements have been added — a ‘foundation course’ will give an insight to students about the profession catering to information about ethics and developing an aptitude for becoming a doctor and a two-month ‘elective learning’ in the beginning of the third year of MBBS.

The MCI has also proposed another concept called ‘Master of Medicine (M.Med)’ to generate specialists required for the community. After completing MBBS, an aspirant will have an option to pursue M.Med — a two-year course.

“After M.Med, he may pursue multiple career path — after a year he can become an MD, in two years he can have dual degree (MD+hospital administration) and after putting in three years, he can be a PhD,” added Dr Sarin.

The proposals will now go to the Health Ministry for approval.

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