MCI plans to conduct exams for MBBS students

New Delhi: As part of its proposals to make the undergraduate medical education programme more qualitative, the Medical Council of India plans to conduct licentiate examinations for MBBS students before they qualify for their graduate degrees.

The MCI intends to conduct licentiate examination after internship completion to qualify for Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) status, the common entrance examination for which would be held prior to the internship in order to make internship period more productive.

The proposed new undergraduate medical education programme is designed to create an Indian Medical Graduate who will at the time of graduation from the MBBS programme, effectively fulfil the roles of clinician, leader, communicator and lifelong learner, professional with a set of competencies, a member of the council said.

The proposed framework suggests introduction of a two year Master of Medicine (M Med) programme equivalent to existing diplomas in various clinical specialities.

After M Med, the graduates will be able to compete for Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Master of Surgery (MS) and other dual degree programs (MD- PhD; MD- MHA; MD- DM and MD- fellowships) through competitive examinations in their respective streams.

The outlined strategy will increase the availability of specialists to provide community care, the member said.

The vision also envisages accreditation and ranking of institutions and promotion of research for faculty promotion, continuing professional development (CPD).

The proposals would be discussed at a meeting of Vice Chancellors of State Health Universities, State or Union Territory Directorates of Medical Education, Principals or Deans of the medical colleges, Heads of Postgraduate Institutes, higher management officials and key representatives from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare here tomorrow.