As a measure to curb the shortage of expert medical staff in rural areas of India, the Medical Council of India, along with the Government of India, has given a green signal to two years PG course which students can pursue after MBBS. According to the latest press release, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in a gazette notification introduced eight medical specialities under the National Board of Examinations. Students will be able to pursue any of these specialities after their Bachelor’s in Medicine.
Diploma Courses Listed:
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Tuberculosis and Chest Disease
- Family Medicine
- Radio Diagnosis
Which Institute will Offer the Diploma Courses?
According to the gazette posted by MCI, any private or public hospital which is well equipped with specialist doctors/trainers and having a capacity of over 100 beds will offer the courses mentioned above.
Why is there a Need for PG Diploma Courses?
According to an eminent cardiologist’s report, each year, around two lakh candidates apply for postgraduate courses in Medicine. But MCI has only 50,000 seats to offer. As a result, the rest of the students aren’t able to pursue higher studies pushing them back to either wasting one year or dropping the idea of post-graduation.
This leads to an acute shortage of expert medical staff, especially in the rural villages of India. To bridge this gap, MCI, along with the Government of India, has taken this decision to train an additional thousands of candidates under the Diploma Programme for the betterment of people.
How was this Move Received?
Medical experts welcomed the move, saying the move is sure to improve the overall health of the people, especially in tier-two and tier-three villages. In the coming three to four years, the medical staff shortage will be compensated by the move. Each year, around 50,000 students pass their post-graduation, there remains an acute shortage for medical staff in rural areas due to lack of facilities.
The response of the MBBS students is yet to be recorded. But keeping in mind the better job prospects in the future and chance to practice, the students will undoubtedly be encouraged by the news. The only thing to note is that how many students would be willing to commit themselves to serve the people in rural areas, despite the training.