National Medical Commission approves MD Laboratory Medicine

National Medical Commission approves MD Laboratory Medicine

The National Medical Commission, formerly known as Medical Council of India, has given recognition to MD course in Laboratory Medicine by its inclusion in the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. The candidates wanting to pursue their PG medical course in the field of laboratory medicine can now avail a new dimension of the course. 

The Medical Council of India Board of governors (MCI BOG) via the official notification in The Gazette of India had confirmed this early September, stating that; “As per the information available with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), with the advancement of technology, like automation and shift of various new investigations from the research laboratory to routine laboratory, the management of laboratory investigations has acquired a new dimension and has now been grouped under a new discipline ‘Laboratory Medicine,” 

Further, this new discipline has been slowly encompassing many other important subdivisions engaged in diagnostic investigations. Thus, the discipline of Laboratory Medicine has soon become an important wing of patient care services not only in terms of screening and diagnosis of diseases but also in monitoring the course of the disease and management of the patient. 

The training in MD Laboratory Medicine will enable the candidate to perform the specified important tests belonging to physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, haematology & immunology disciplines with a high order of mastery. 

At the end of the course, the candidates will be trained at :
1.Discussing the aetiology and the pathophysiological basis on diseases in children and adults. 
2.Explain the salient aspect of epidemiology, clinical presentation and prognosis of these disorders 
3.Discuss the rationality of the treatment and diagnosis of the above disorders 
4.Make rational and relevant selection of tests (biochemical/haematological/ microbiological etc.) 
5.Plan and manage a large multidisciplinary laboratory services 
6.Supervise and train technical staff of the laboratory 
7.Modify/develop and establish newer techniques belonging to all subspecialties of laboratory medicine. 
8.Simultaneous exercise on quality assessment and quality assurance in all laboratory services. 
9.Explain the underlying principle and design of important laboratory, instruments, their use as well as maintenance of the same. 
10.Take safety measures in performing tests. 
11.Assess cost-effectiveness of laboratory tests including budgeting and auditing. 
12. Design and implement research plans in the field of laboratory medicine.