MCI proposes New Quality Test for Medical Grads
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has proposed
to introduce an Indian Medical Graduate (IMG)
degree from the year 2013, which will be a national level examination to increase
the credibility of medical practitioners.
The MCI has planned to introduce two such examinations, one each for undergraduate
and postgraduate medical students and has said that the tests would be similar to
an ISI mark for doctors that would ensure good
quality of service.
MCI governing body Chief Dr. S. K. Sarin said
on Tuesday that the IMG test will be conducted two months after undergraduate medical
students appear for their MBBS examinations. He added that appearing for the test
would be voluntary and any undergraduate student would be able to take it between
the years 2013c and 2016.
The MCI has planned that the test would be made mandatory for all undergraduate
students from the year 2017.
The Council has further planned to introduce a Master of
Medicine (M.Med.) examination for postgraduate medical students that
will be a two year course after MBBS.
According to the council's proposal, doctors who have obtained the M.Med degree
will become specialist in any field of their choice. These postgraduate students
will be trained to enhance their clinical skills rather than basic research.
Medical students who would opt for M.Med will also be able to choose to do a six
month long rural stint within the two-year timeframe of the course. M.Med degree
holders will also be given additional 5% marks when they apply for a
Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Surgery (MS)
Dr. Sarin said that students usually miss a PG seat for MS or MD by only one mark
and giving them the 5% marks would give them an added advantage. The MCI is also
giving much importance to the one-year compulsory internship that students are required
to do after they have appeared for their MBBS examination.
In a first of its kind move, students will be graded on how well they perform during
their internship, with almost 50% of their MBBS marks resting on the internship
alone and these will be added to their IMG theory score.