MCI to finalise rural MBBS course

Announcing this, Dr Ketan Desai, the newly-elected president of World Medical Association on Saturday said, “To solve the problem of shortage of doctors, MCI will encourage students from notified rural areas to take up the BRMS course and to provide their services to district hospitals and public health centres.”

Dr Desai said that by introducing this course, medical facilities will be made available even in the remote places of our country.  The four-year programme will be conducted in district hospitals (medical schools).  A maximum of 25 students will be selected and taught by retired professors.  “The curriculum for the course is almost finalised and will be launched in 2010,” he said.

The BRMS course will, however, have certain obligations where the rural doctors will not be able to serve in any city hospitals as their services will be limited only to district hospitals and PHCs in their State.

Dr Desai further cautioned doctors not to take any favours like gifts and travel allowances from pharma companies as it is illegal. Such acts will be punishable under MCI rules, he said.
The Indian Medical Association, Karnataka State Branch, felicitated Dr Ketan Desai as he was appointed as the president of World Medical Association in October.
DH News Service

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