PG Medical students to serve in District Hospitals to be eligible for Final Exams – The Board of Governors (BoG) from the Medical Council of India (MCI) has proposed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF&W) that all Postgraduate (PG) students will require to serve in the District Hospitals for a period of minimum three months so that they are eligible to appear for their final exams.
As a part of their compulsory rotating internship, the students who are currently pursuing their undergraduate medical courses have to serve in the Urban Health centres or the Primary Health Centres for a period of three months.
BoD has requested the Ministry of Health to develop guidelines in order to implement the proposal for PG students in partnership with the State Government and MCI. It has also requested that this provision should be implemented from the next academic session.
A Health Ministry official while speaking to the media stated that this move by MCI is aimed at providing practical experiences to the specialists of future by dealing with the real life settings in the public health services of the country. This move will also help to address the shortage of specialist doctors in the hospitals that are present in remote and rural areas. It would also lead to strengthening of services at such places.
The note which has been sent by MCI to the Union Health Ministry states that all PG students will have to undertake a rotation in designated healthcare systems or hospitals for a minimum period of three months. It will be part of their course curriculum.
Note also mentions that, “Satisfactory completion of this rotation shall be an essential condition before the candidate is allowed to appear in the final examination of the respective postgraduate course.
The PG students of community medicine could get posting at Primary Health Centres and Field Experience apart from duties at the district hospital.