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National Medical Commission (NMC) has recently released a draft related to the Post-graduation Regulations 202. The regulations state the feeder qualifications that an applicant must qualify to pursue Super Speciality (SS) courses like Doctorate of Medicine (DM), Master of Chirurgiae (MCh), etc.
New NMC Regulations
The regulations will take effect the day they are published in the official gazette and will apply to the academic year 2021-2022.
The regulations clearly outline assessment rules, recognition of medical colleges, counseling/admission schedules, period training for health professionals, and prior qualifications for admissions to all Post Graduate (PG) programs – Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Science (MS), PG Diploma, Doctorate of Medicine (DM), and Master of Chirurgiae (MCh) courses. The regulations also define the minimum faculty necessary for each department at medical institutions, as well as the teacher-student ratio, training path, residency programs, test procedures for Post Graduate and Super Speciality candidates, and basic infrastructure for delivering the courses.
The regulations highlight the conduct of NExt, its score, and the continuance of NEET PG as the gateway for admissions to MD, MS, PG Diploma, DM, and MCh degrees in India as one of the key features of the regulations.
What are the new Feeder Qualifications?
After completing the Doctor of Medicine (DM)/Master of Science (MS) course, the duration for a super specialtiy course will be for the time period of three years. Prior entrance qualifications, or feeder broad specialtiy qualifications, that are eligible for a specific super specialtiy degree are clearly defined in the regulations.
Super specializations as well as their feeder qualifications can be checked in the draft released.
Selection Process according to the New Regulations
According to the new rules, students will be selected for DM and MCh courses based on the common entrance test, NEET SS, which will be held each academic year and will be monitored by the National Medical Commission. The guidelines also include the percentage requirements that candidates must fulfill in order to qualify, as well as the counseling schedule duration.
Key Points for the Selection Process in PG and SS courses
- Each academic year, a common entrance test called the National Eligibility Entrance Test Super Specialty (NEET SS) will be held for admission to Postgraduate super-speciality courses, and it will be administered by the National Medical Commission.
- In order to be eligible for admission to Postgraduate Super-specialty Course, the minimum mark scored in National Eligibility Entrance Test, by the candidate should be as follows:
- 50 percentile for General Category
- 40 percentile for SC/ST/OBC Category
- Candidates with disabilities (under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016)
- 45 percentile for General Category
- 40 percentile for SC/ST/OBC Category
- The admissions procedure for Super Specialty Postgraduate courses (DM/Mch) will follow the schedule specified in the draft.
Doctors listed some Discrepancies in draft feeder qualifications
Many super-speciality PG applicants, particularly MD/DNB pediatrics, may be affected by the inconsistencies in the regulations, according to the experts. Discrepancies mentioned by the doctors and the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) are:
- DM (Infectious illness), DM (pediatric neurology), and DM (Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care) are among the super specialties that are not even included in the draft.
- It is mentioned MD (cardiology) as a prior requirement under the tab DM cardiology eligibility, yet no such degree exists. Pediatric and pulmonary medicine degrees, as well as an internal medicine degree, should be introduced as feeder subjects.
- More clinical branches should be eligible for clinical super-specialty branches, since many DM./M.Ch./DrNB seats have been vacant in recent years, allowing for the most efficient use of these seats and the production of more experts to improve health care.
- MD pediatric medicine, Diplomate of National Board (DNB/DrNB) should be considered as feeder qualifications.
NMC has released a draft mentioning the new guidelines for the feeder qualifications and selection process. The regulations will come into effect the day they are released as an official gazette and will be applicable from session 2021. NEET SS will be held each academic year and will be monitored by the National Medical Commission. Feeder qualifications can be checked in the draft released. Some doctors have pointed out discrepancies that must be taken into consideration.