New Delhi: The recent meeting held between officials of Association of National Board of Accredited Institutions ( ANBAI), the body representing DNB candidates and the Health Ministry, ended on a positive note for DNB doctors looking to medical academia, after the Health Minister Shri JP Nadda assured that they would be given equivalence to MD/MS degrees as per the 2012 GOI gazette notification.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that while the 2012 GOI gazette notification, specifies DNB equivalence to MD for all those candidates who have undergone DNB training in an institution which now runs MCI recognized postgraduate degree courses in a given subject as well as those who have undergone training in multi-specialty teaching hospital with at least 500 beds that meet certain criteria laid . For the remaining, the notification called for one additional year of senior residency or equivalent training or research job in an MCI recognized hospital/institution, for the purposes of equivalence
This notification was, however, overturned when in 2017, MCI took out another gazette notification that implied DNB equivalence for only those candidates who have undergone training in an institution which runs MCI recognized postgraduate degree courses
Moreover, a further setback comes to DNB candidates after the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare on the issue of National Medical Commission Bill has now recommended that “DNB qualification awarded by NBE shall be equal in all respects to the postgraduate qualifications, granted by MCI, except in relation to teaching in medical colleges.
Demanding equivalence for NBE qualifications, ANBAI held a meeting first with the PMO and now with the Health Ministry, asking then to establish equivalence as per 2012 notification.
“ANBAI on behalf of thousands of NBE specialists and students would, therefore, request you to kindly reconsider the issue of equivalence of NBE awarded degrees with the MCI degrees and ensure that the GOI 2012 order in relation to this is adhered to,” the memo submitted to the Health Minister added. Minister in response has assured that the equivalence will be soon established
” We met the Health Minister and he has promised that for hospitals having 500 beds and meeting 2012 criteria, DNB will be considered equivalent to MD for the purposes of teaching. For less than that, it will be a one-year senior residency in recognised institutions,” Dr Alexander Thomas President ANBAI Told Medical Dialogues
WHAT 2012 GOI NOTIFICATION Says
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 specialities
Postgraduate super specialities
|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 and 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″.
DNB Alumni Association
To provide a unified voice to DNB passouts across the country, ANBAI, the umbrella body of National Board Accredited Institutions has announced the formation of the DNB Alumni Association. This comes after the ANBAI Governing Council approved the formation of a DNB Alumni And Teachers Committee, which will represent the NBE qualified specialists from all over India. In the past, ANBAI has been instrumental in getting major policy changes for the benefit of DNB candidates, including the equivalence of DNB with MD/MS/DM/Mch degrees with certain criteria in 2012.
TO JOIN DNB Alumni Association, click on the following link