The Centre has made it compulsory for all postgraduate medical students to work 3 months at district hospitals. In a move aimed at increasing the presence of specialists in districts, students pursuing MD (doctor of medicine) and MS (master in surgery) have to work under district hospitals as part of their studies.
Recently, the board of governors of the Medical Council of India (BoG-MCI) informed new postgraduate medical education regulations. This regulation includes the district residency program as part of the syllabus and will implement from the academic year 2020-21.
Dr. VK Paul, chairman, BoG-MCI said that it is a part of changes that the administration has embraced in the sector of medical education to guarantee there’s no lack of specialists, attendants, and specialists.
As per the reforms, every single postgraduate learner or occupant who seeks after the three-year-long MD or MS course will be asked, either in the subsequent year or early in the third year, for 3 months to work in locale medical clinics as a necessary aspect of their preparation.
Paul further added that they feel it is a win-win strategy because it will not only modify learning but will also modify specialty care at the district level.
Dr. VK Bahl, former dean (academics), New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences said that without observing mechanism in place, there is a chance that those 3 months are underutilized. Moreover, Medical faculty members confessed that it is a positive idea in principle.