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    Unhappy Rural posting for doctors finalised [MBBS will be of six-and-a-half years]

    MBBS will be of six-and-a-half years


    It requires an amendment to MCI Act that needs Parliament nod

    Doctors will be get monthly stipend of Rs. 8,000-10,000


    NEW DELHI: The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has approved the proposal for compulsory rural posting for doctors. One year posting in rural and inaccessible areas will now be made part of the curriculum.

    Once approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI), this would mean that the MBBS course would now be of six and a half years instead of the present five and a half years.

    The proposal requires an amendment to the MCI Act that needs to be approved by Parliament. The new curriculum will be applicable from the 2008-09 academic year, after being passed by Parliament.

    Applicable to all medical colleges

    According to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, the proposal, if approved, will be applicable to both the government and private medical colleges.

    India churns out 29,500 medical graduates annually but even then there are few healthcare facilities in the rural and far-flung areas.

    The one-year rural posting will include serving at the district headquarters for four months, community health centres for another four months and the primary health centres for the remaining four months.

    The doctors will be given a monthly stipend of Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,000 as an incentive to work in these areas, Dr. Ramadoss said.

    They will be based at the district headquarters and will serve under the District Health Officer.

    Earlier there was a proposal to make rural postings compulsory after the MBBS course and a doctor will have to serve in the rural areas for at least one year before he applied for a post-graduation course.

    However, this proposal was dropped.

    The proposal was mooted keeping in mind the poor healthcare facilities in the rural areas, particularly the shortage of doctors as even the government doctors are reluctant to serve in these regions and would rather join the private sector for better salaries and an urban posting.


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    What do you think?
    Will this be approved by MCI?
    Post your view regarding this decision.

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    As it is already approved by cabinet, so MCI has little role, it ll just act like rubber stamp

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    what do u think?is it appropriate?
    we have to rely on our parents till atleast upto 28.
    and all our engineer friends starts earning at 22-23 mostly..
    it is good that now there won't be shortage of doctors in remote areas but they can find otherways also..like 6months internship at our collage hospital and 6 months at rural area..
    even we can't give entrance test for pg..atleast we shoud get permission give entrance..
    and most important we have singed bond for 5.5 years only so how can they do this?

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    They should implement it for new batches only, if its for existing students its cheating them.
    The course if lengthened to 6-7 years will only attract serious students.
    Yes no one will want to take up medicine, it will kill the private colleges, but salaries and the value of MBBS and BDS doctors will increase and so will the availability of PG seats for them.
    Here in my place we have more doctors than STD booths. It is highly undesirable
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    The course if lengthened to 6-7 years will only attract serious students.
    what's logic in that?
    if i dont like such lengthy course then m i not serious?

    radher they should improve standards of teaching and examination..here we are adapted with more theoritical environment then practical..we have to rely on ourself and have to take interest by own for more clinical skills & knowledge..if our course is like that we gain more clinical knowledge then theoritical and proffesors do same then i'll be happy for that.
    and this 1 yr addition is good for rural people as well as for us as more practise but they can add in 1 yr internship also as we arent prepared from start for such a long duration.

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    What you are suggesting, improving standards and all is all fine, but this is India. It takes pretty drastic measures to set things right. Now if you really want to become a doctor, you wouldn't mind the extra year. But if you were coming in for the title, then too bad. Nowadays one of the main reason for people to specialize is not that they really want to, but because after M.B.B.S. they don't have the confidence of making much. I know so many who go fro pre and paraclinical subjects to supplement GP income. The increase in the duration of the course, the value of the M.B.B.S. doctor will increase in the public view and in economic terms.
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    Is this 1 yr thing only for MBBS or its for MD/MS and DM/MCh too? cos if it goes on then by the time u finish the course u wil b retired! 1 yr thing in MBBS is k.. I think Maharashtra has it already for MD/MS (correct me if I am wrong)! S defenitely people wil start thinking before joining Medicine.. As nuke pointed out Private colleges wil b most affected.. Only thing I am not able to digest is the one who propose this bill is not elected by the people!

    One other thing is that, not all students pass out in first atempt! wat about them? for them it wil become 7 1/2 years+.. by the time they get PG seat they would hav lost 10 yrs!

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    hai
    i think this is very bad
    it simply makes ur student period longer(it is already very long)
    and it also decreases the need for permanent doctors(as govt employees)
    as a considerable number of posts will always be filled in be students in thes bonds always
    people are making medical field more ad more undesirable and strenuous

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    I will obviously not be directly affected by this, so my thoughts might not be as well thought through as yours on this matter.

    I think that lengthening the course could be good and could be bad. Will it make students better doctor, and so much better that it warrants extending the course? Then I think that in nearly all circumstances, it is a good idea.

    Is the primary intention just to cover the rural areas? It is more workforce planning then, and it becomes a moral dilemma: It is disadvantageous to the individual student, but beneficial to the society as a whole. The question is if this couldn't be done (at a higher cost) with less unfairness to the individual by providing extra incentives for doctors to work in a rural practice.

    Hope you don't mind me posting on this topic.

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