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MCI agreed to MD-DNB equivalence before amending Medical Teachers Eligibility Qualifications: Records

MCI agreed to MD-DNB equivalence before amending Medical Teachers Eligibility Qualifications: Records

Ministry records show that the matter of MD-DNB equivalence was raised by the ministry before the approval and in the meeting dated 26/05/2017,  all parties concerned including the council agreed on DNB equivalence as per the notification dated 30/06/2012 and only after that acceptance was given and approval was sanctioned amendment to TEQ rules.     

Since the notification of June 2017 for Teachers Eligibility Qualifications (TEQ) has come out, hue and cry has circled around the medical fraternity with many feeling disadvantaged with the amendments that have been made to the requirements to become a medical faculty. Most disadvantaged with the notification are the DNB candidates who have pursued their degrees from non-MCI recognised institutes, whose degree has not been considered equivalent for the teaching career, and who would now have to undergo up to additional five years of training if they wish to pursue a career in medical academia.

However, recent developments show that amendments to the Act have come with a conditional approval on the grounds of the equivalence of the two degrees, as laid down by MCI in an earlier notification of 2012 and hence the amendments to TEQ may stand null and void if the said equivalence is not adhered to.

Issue:

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that MCI through an amendment notification dated 05/06/2017 revised the minimum qualification of Medical teachers with the Minimum qualification for becoming a senior resident, that is the first post in the academic ladder, as MD/MS from MCI recognized institutions.

With the gazette notification per se being silent on DNB qualifications, implications were reflected in the amended of Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998. The notification stated that DNB candidate from non-MCI recognized institutions would require two years additional teaching experience as Sr. Resident/Research Associate (CSIR) in an MCI recognized medical college/central institute to become eligible for the post of Assistant Professor in an MCI recognized Institute. Additionally, such candidates would have to do 3 years of Junior residency to join as a senior resident, which in many cases, would imply upto 5 years of additional service to become eligible to join the teaching positions in medical colleges

Read the whole issue at Medical Dialogues: MCI knocks DNBs out of academia 

DNB candidates across the country had clearly opposed the move stating that the gazette notification of 11/06/2012, established the MD-DNB equivalence for both MCI recognized medical colleges as well as non-MCI recognized hospitals that met the criteria laid down by the said MCI Gazette notification in terms of bed-strength and departments. In particular the notification states

i)Those candidates who have undergone DNB training in an institution which now runs MCI recognized postgraduate degree courses in a given subject, the’ DNB qualifications shall be considered at par with MCI recognized qualification in that subject only.

ii)Those candidates who have undergone DNB training in a multi speciality teaching hospital with at least 500 beds, involved in various postgraduate/super­speciality teaching programmes provided that the one out of three DNB( supervisors (teachers) qualify as postgraduate teacher as per MCI norms in their previous appointment, and one out of remaining two should qualify as postgraduate teacher as per MCI regulations with the following bed requirement for teaching unit:

Postgraduate broad specialties

Postgraduate superspecialities

30 beds per unit         50% beds should be

20 beds per unit         teaching beds.

Such qualifications shall be considered at par with MCI recognized qualification.

(iii)Additional training of one year for equivalence of DNB abroad specialties) with MD/MS & DNB(super-specialities) with DM/M.C.h- Those candidates who have undergone DNB training (both broad specialities d super-specialities) in hospital/institution other than mentioned in (ii) above, shall undergo one additional year of senior residency or equivalent training or research job in a MCI recognized hospital/institution, provided such qualifications are notified in the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations 2000″.

Procedure:

Medical Council of India before notifying any notification has to attain the approval of Ministry of Health, which was also done in this case. Medical Dialogues team has a copy of the records of the Health Ministry of the procedure that was followed in this case. The response clearly reveals that the matter of DNB equivalence was raised by the ministry before the approval and in the meeting dated 26/05/2017,  all parties concerned including the council agreed on DNB equivalence as per the notification dated 30/06/2012 and only after that acceptance was given and approval was sanctioned for this notification.

Implications

It is clear from the records that if the approval was given conditional on the equivalence of the two degrees, it would stand null and void if the conditions of equivalence are not adhered to. Medical Dialogues team has written to all the stakeholders concerned including officials of the health ministry seeking response, clarification and the future course of action and is following up this issue

If you have any viewpoint, opinion on the issue, kindly write to Minister of health at hfwminister@gov.in  Secretary Health Ministry at secyhfw@gmail.com and Medical Dialogues medicaldialogues@gmail.com

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  1. Sir myself done the cps diploma in Anesthesia of college and physician and surgeon mumbai, completed in 2010. Then I opted dnb degree primary from private hospital, completed in2013. I joined medical college in jan 2016 as senior resident but when mci inspection was there in Aug 17 they didn\’t accept me as senior resident.
    Already there are deficiencies of qualified people in medical colleges for the approval of pg seats.
    Resident who have done only cps diploma are considered as senior resident. But not in Case of myself. Total experience i got in Anesthesia is 5yrs 6mth. So to become eligible how much I required?
    Now MCI also recognized cps diploma.
    But why injustice to dnb student.
    DNB student don\’t have God father as HOD while passing the exam . They have to go through tremendous hard work. They also do thisis submission , then what extraordinary things done by MD, MS student so that they are more superior.?

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    DR. DEVI GAYATHRI October 17, 2017, 11:39 pm

    Like anywhere in India people who work hard and who has good knowledge are out from the field of excellence.
    all persons in medical fraternity know very well the value of DNB, the most standardized exam in India like CA exams.
    all post graduate courses should be under the board, the government should not give permission to conduct post graduate exam to any university.
    DNB has to be given superior position than MD/MS.
    dear CY Reddy; DNB is a degree which is equivalent to MD/MS/MCh as per the govt notification from time to time.
    persons like you who joins this course after achieving the requirements and they acquire enough skills and then gives the qualification. no boy can bar them from any work pertaining the subject like treating the patients which is more difficult than teaching or from research activities.it is the birth wright they expect from their country.
    everybody should read the verdict of Hon. Supreme court.

  3. A number of issues require consideration in this area –
    1. Why do we need two agencies to regulate medical education? Why can\’t a single body regulate DNB and MD/MS courses?
    2. Why should senior residency be necessary for becoming an Assistant Professor?
    3. What will senior residents do in non-clinical departments?
    4. What about non-medical teachers? Will they also need to do senior residency? Remember that they don\’t do even junior residency.

  4. All DNB fellows can practice their specialty . DNB is certified course not a degree . Why all learned pple cannot understand this. Their was one mci governor during that period who created this mess. University is different from the board . No harm is done if these gentlemen are not allowed as teachers .

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