In an endeavour to strengthen the healthcare delivery system in remote areas, the government has now made it mandatory for PG medical students to serve in district hospitals for three months.
As per an official notification, serving at district hospitals would be a part of the course curriculum in the academic session 2020-21 for all post-graduate students pursuing MD or MS in broad specialities in medical colleges across the country. They will have to undergo a compulsory residential rotation of three months in the 3rd, 4th or 5th semester of the postgraduate programme, a PTI report said.
This rotation shall be termed as ”District Residency Programme” (DRP) and the postgraduate medical student undergoing training shall be termed as a ”District Resident”, the notification issued by the board of governors in super session of the Medical Council of India (MCI) said.
“All postgraduate students pursuing MD/MS in broad specialities in all Medical Colleges/Institutions under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 shall undergo a compulsory residential rotation of three months in District Hospitals /District Health System as a part of the course curriculum.
“Such rotation shall take place in the 3rd or 4th or 5th semester of the postgraduate programme,” the latest notification read.
The main objectives of the ”District Residency Programme” would be to expose postgraduate students to the District Health System and involve them in health care services being provided at the district hospital for learning while serving, besides acquainting them with the implementation, monitoring and assessment of outcomes of the National Health programmes at the district level.
“In doing so, the postgraduate medical students would also be contributing toward strengthening of services of the District Health System as specialty resident doctors working as members of the district teams,” the notification said.