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Doctors for the village

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A two day workshop will be held in Delhi to discuss an alternative model for under-graduate medical education to create a cadre of rural doctors for the villages. The model, mooted by the Medical Council of India (MCI), is to tide over the shortage of trained manpower for rural health care. It envisages creation of manpower for health care services in the notified rural areas. This is going to be a four year course including internship and has been titled as “Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery”. It will be institutional in character, conducted through medical schools which will be tagged with government hospitals in the districts where there are no medical colleges as of now.  The Council president Ketan Desai addressing a apress conference said the proposal would be discussed threadbare with 19 Vice-Chancellors of Health Sciences and deemed universities, deans and principals of all medical colleges, State health secretaries and directors of medical education, in addition to the officers of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

The workshop will be inaugurated by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. If approved, the MCI proposes to start the course in August. The National Rural Health Mission has a provision of Rs. 20 crore for one medical school in a district where no such facility exists according to Mr. Desai. The annual proposed intake for the course is 25 to 50 students and the teaching will be modular in character at all levels. From notified rural areas, the eligibility for admission will be class XII. Admission will be district-based and the services rendered by the graduates State-based. The graduates will be registered by the State Medical Council concerned in a separate schedule created exclusively for the purpose.  The registration will be on a year-to-year basis for five years, renewable at the end of each year on an appropriate certification by the designated authority. Each medical school will be affiliated to an examining university which will confer a BRMS degree on students conforming to the disciplinary jurisdiction Code of Medical Ethics notified by the MCI.

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