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MCI makes medical research course mandatory for PG students, faculty

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In an endeavour to underscore the importance of medical research to keep students updated on the latest happenings in the medical world across the globe, the Medical Council of India has introduced an online course for PG students and faculty from academic year 2019-20 onwards.

The eight-week course called ‘Basic Course in Bio-medical Research’ will be compulsory for all postgraduate students in the country and for faculty with no prior research training. As per reports, the students and faculty members will have to pass the course by the end of the second semester.

The development comes close on the heels of the National Medical Council Bill which aims to bring mega reform in medical education system. The NMC Bill recently got nod from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Underling the importance of the course, a note released from MCI was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “In order to improve the research skills of post-graduate (PG) students and faculty, the Board of Governors (BoG) has recommended a uniform research methodology course across the country.”

“To comprehend the evidence published in biomedical literature, doctors need to have an understanding of research methods. Therefore, acquiring research skills is an integral component of postgraduate training,” it added further.

Though the students and faculty won’t be charged for the medical research course, they will have to pay exam fee of Rs 1,000. As per reports, the online examination would be conducted twice in a year and those who clear the same would be certified.

The course which will be conducted by the National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) comprise 23 topics. Each topic will have online assignments consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) each. The candidates will have to score a minimum of 50 per cent marks in the assignments so that they become eligible to appear for the exam.

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