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NMC draft sets out to be very questionable for the medical students : National Medical Commission (NMC) opens up the draft of Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations 2021 for the public and stakeholders’ observations or comments. The draft disappointed many medical students, as the questionable change in eligibility criteria debarred them from the DM and Mch programme.
This draft revision has declared students holding MD degrees in Radiation Oncology, often known as radiotherapy, and Pediatrics ineligible for the DM Medical Oncology programme. Medical Oncology was always open to post-graduates in Radiation Oncology, and Pediatrics was included as well. In fact, In the last two decades, medical oncology has become a superspecialty.
With this, the inclusion of non-existent MD cardiology as a qualification in the draft for DM cardiology sets another question mark in the scenario.
Associations express worries, correcting emails sent to NMC
Several authorities including doctors pointed out the discrepancies in the recent draft of Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations 2021 by National Medical Commission (NMC). The umbrella of the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) too, came out pointing out the equivocal aspects of the recent draft.
As per the draft cited, students holding MD degrees in Radiation Oncology and Pediatrics ineligible for the DM Medical Oncology programme, The Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI) have expressed worry over it. And have felt this would prevent young radiation oncologists from pursuing a super speciality in oncology.
Thousands of emails have been sent to NMC’s President of the PG Committee requesting that MD Radiation Oncology be kept as eligible for DM Medical Oncology to guarantee fair competition.
As per the report in Medical Dialogues, In the statement directed to Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma, the Chairman of NMC, the association stated, “The main pitfalls noted is that MD (Pediatric medicine) are eligible to all Adult DM Superspecialty branches in previous years and rules as Pediatric super speciality seats all over India are comparatively less and many seats of different adult super speciality branch remain vacant. Hence, Considering a pediatric medicine degree as a feeder subject for those super speciality exams will not affect other PG aspirants.”
Inclusion of DNB/DrNB as confluent qualifications
The associations of doctors also demanded to add degrees provided by the National Board of Examination (NBE) as in DNB/DrNB in the required qualifications as well to make it more clear to medical students.
This draft release setted-up for the forum of revision and grading observations or comments from the public and stakeholders in the field and got a full-fitted response to it. Limiting students to a set format of subjects can degrade the culture of our medicine world. Plus, subjecting anything to the forum of the specified course outlines the subject. The voiced opinions of the medical authorities should be taken in account of the course. The legacy of the fair amount of freedom and consistency of thought variation can never be diffused in any respect of time.