The Board of Governors in supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI BoG) has recently considered the proposal for starting standalone PG Courses in private hospitals without having pre-requisite of an MBBS program, in a major step to boost the private medical education sector to produce more specialists in the country.
As a result, the MCI executive committee has decided to constitute a 5 member subcommittee including the Board of Governor members Dr Randeep Guleria, Dr Nikhil Tandon, Dr RV Ramani, Dr KS Sharma and Dr S Ramji to examine the proposal and give its recommendations.
With this move, the private medical institutions would be able to impart PG medical degree courses (MD, MS) without having the requisite mandate of offering MBBS course for 3 years in the country as per the norm.
According to a senior member of the MCI Board of Governors, the move is aimed at fulfilling the wide gap between demand and supply of specialist doctors within a few years.
Many private hospitals are allowed to offer three-year DNB degrees under the National Board of Examination, now considered equivalent to PG, but the training offered through the programme is often viewed as inferior when compared to PG degrees, said sources in MCI.
However, the officials in the medical education regulator said the proposal was being taken forward to ensure the issue of shortage of specialists in states with the issue of limited numbers of medical colleges is addressed.
“Medical colleges in the country are concentrated largely in southern states and Maharashtra. States with the highest population have the worst doctor-population ratios,” said an MCI official.
“This issue won’t be resolved unless we come up with major reforms, like the proposed one,” the official added. Meanwhile, doctors joining their MD, MS and PG Diploma courses from 2020 onwards would now have to undertake a mandatory rotational duty in district hospitals for a period of 3 months, as the Medical Council of India Board of Governors ( MCI BOG) have now finalized the District Residency Programme in District Health System to this effect.