Centre revives 2-yr PG-diploma programs for medical graduates

New Delhi, August 29

To deal with the paucity of specialist docs in district hospitals, the Centre has revived post-graduate diploma programs that one can pursue by clearing the NEET-PG examination after finishing the MBBS.

Hospitals with a minimal of 100 operational beds are eligible to hunt accreditation with National Board of Examinations (NBE) for the diploma programs.

The NBE, an autonomous physique beneath the Ministry of Health has launched post-MBBS two-year diploma programs in eight broad specialities – anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, household medication, ophthalmology, radio analysis, ENT and tuberculosis, and chest illness.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) had in 2019 transformed its diploma programs into diploma programs to beat the shortfall of educating college within the nation.

To fill the void attributable to discontinuing the MCI diploma programs, the Health Ministry had requested the National Board of Examinations to look into the potential of launching the diploma programs beneath its aegis, stated an NBE official.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the weak spot and shortcomings of major and secondary healthcare supply system grew to become apparent, thereby placing an additional burden on tertiary care well being centres with medical schools being transformed into devoted COVID care and remedy centres,” stated Prof Pawanindra Lal, the Executive Director of the NBE.

“It was, therefore, imperative to augment the hospitals catering to the population in rural, semi-urban areas, and tier-two and tier-three cities,” he stated.

After a collection of consultations with the NITI Aayog, the Medical Council of India and the Health Ministry, the NBE ready a blueprint for beginning diploma programs and subsequently notified the launch on August 20.

The diploma programs of the NBE are permitted by the Union Health Ministry, and are included within the first schedule of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, vide a gazette notification dated August 6.

Professor Lal hoped the diploma programs would supply the much-required educated manpower to district hospitals.

“This will enhance the readiness of the district and sub-district hospitals to provide effective healthcare in situations like the coronavirus pandemic,” he stated.

The NBE diploma programs in anesthesiology, household medication and tuberculosis and chest illness will present educated manpower throughout the geographic area of the neighborhood for dealing with epidemics and customary illnesses, stated the NBE Executive Director.

The diploma programs in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology will increase reproductive and little one healthcare supply system and can show to be a milestone in decreasing maternal and toddler mortality, he added.

Acknowledging the function of the Health Ministry in a speedy approval of NBE diploma programs, Dr Abhijat Sheth, the president of the NBE, stated, “These courses will provide the much-needed opportunity to our medical graduates to undergo post-graduate training considering that there is still a significant shortfall in the number of post-graduate seats as compared to that in MBBS.” Professor Lal stated the important thing emphasis of NBE diploma programs can be on authorities hospitals and district hospitals.

Entry to the diploma programs shall be by means of NEET-PG beneath the Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations notified by the MCI.

Also, protecting in consideration the requirement of the states, 50 per cent of NBE diploma seats within the district hospitals of a state shall be reserved for in-service candidates of the state involved. This will cut back dependency on tier-1 cities for offering healthcare. PTI

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