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AP medical Council to take action against unrecognised medical qualifications

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Vishakapatanam: Following the observation that a number of practitioners in the state are supporting their practice with false qualifications not recognized in India, Andhra Pradesh Medical council has warned doctors against any such false claims.

The council has been reported to have made strong observations against doctors claiming to be specialists, in particular in the field of diabetes without possessing the valid qualifications to back the claim. As an example, as reported by TOI,  one apparently needs to possess the degree of DM ( Endocrinology) from a recognized university or an institution , before one can make the claim of being a diabetologist. Similarly, a dermatologist or beautician can’t claim to be a cosmetologist and conduct cosmetic procedures like skin grafting, which should be done only by a qualified plastic surgeon.

“Diploma in diabetology awarded by several organisations and universities including Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) aren’t recognised qualifications and those possessing diploma in diabetology can’t claim to be specialists. Diabetology is not a recognised branch of medicine,” elaborated Dr T Ravi Raju, chairperson of APMC.

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Another related issue pointed out by the council was that doctors were using foreign PG degrees of unrecognized universities as suffix to their qualifications, though these are not recognized in the country. This act has been related to professional misconduct by the council members

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“Medical practitioners shouldn’t suffix to their names unrecognised PG medical degrees obtained from universities and institutes not recognised by the IMC, else it will tantamount to professional misconduct,” Dr T Ravi Raju added. The council has all set to initiate disciplinary action is such cases.

It is reported that in India, PG qualifications awarded in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand are recognised qualifications if they are recognised in those countries. Some of the PG qualifications awarded in Nepal and other countries are also recognised.

A recent council meeting saw discussion of these issues and the issue of registration of members with the council.

“Doctors, who have obtained PG qualification in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are eligible for registration of their PG medical qualifications within one year from the date of issuance of the degree. In case of delay, a late fee of Rs 5,000 for two years and thereafter Rs 1,000 per year will be charged. In case of foreign medical qualifications possessed by NRIs, the late fee will be calculated as and when they come back to India/Andhra Pradesh as per the above mentioned rates. The late fee will be calculated from February 1992 or from the date of issuing the post-graduate degree, whichever is later,” said Dr PV Sudhakar, convener of the Ethics Committee of APMC.

 The APMC has also decided that all the medical practitioners registered in APMC between December 1, 2009 and June 1, 2011, should renew their registration immediately and refer to the Council’s website for detailed schedule.


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Source: with inputs

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    ramana nutanapati August 23, 2016, 3:24 pm

    The intent is not to display as Daiabetologist, but to display only that diabetes patients are treated at the specified doctors\’ clinic or hospital. General Medicine post graduate doctors are almost available in all municipal towns.

  2. I read the recent news on Diplomaologists. We all know the burden of diabetes in India is alarming. The proliferation and false claims are one aspect. The more important is lack of services in the periphery. Can the Government or Council assure that all diabetes patients have access to the specialists in this instance – only DM Endocrinologists in the state? NOTE: DM is in Endocrinology and the MCI does not even say Endocrinology and Diabetes. Entry requirements for DM are: MD in either of Paediatrics, GM or Biochemistry. Saying a general practitioner who is legitimately registered with the council cannot treat diabetes exposes the tunnel vision. One has to agree at the same time that they can display \”Special interest in Diabetes\” in my opinion. In the western world, general practitioners deliver babies, give anaesthesia, do skin biopsies, do their own diabetes clinics with diabetes educators/nurse etc. The training or gain in experience by a practitioner in a common problem should be welcome by the public as it is them who gain the benefit. If someone has worked in a tertiary diabetes centre for 2 years one cannot discount this experience and the practitioner has every right to claim that he has special interest in Diabetes. Also the council has to relook into the policies for chronic conditions which are very poorly managed. A few are Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Failure, Asthma/COPD and HIV /infectious diseases. Having a few Fellowships and PhDs does not necessarily make a best clinician.
    Now the equations: 1) DM is 2 years which encompasses non-diabetes related endocrinology as a major component vs a basic doctor’s exclusive experience in diabetes and its related complications for 2 years. As long as this later doctor can identify medical complications and refer to appropriate subspecialists and practice ethically the public have a choice to choose. 2) Western degree myths: a) UK: MRCP is not equal to MD. This is a diploma anyone can appear for & obtain without any Higher Medical Training (HMT). The HMT in the specialty for dual accreditation in Medicine and Endo/Diabetes will last for 5-6 years after basic training. The training is patchy depending on the deanery. A large component of this period happens in district hospitals and with 1 year research and 1 year in tertiary, the trainees can get the specialist recognition. A Royal College survey identified a significantly large proportion of trainees indicating that they are not consultant ready by completion of the final year. b) AUS/NZ: FRACP is given after completion of a recognised training program. c) American Boards =/>=MD as this is a strict defined training pathway and arguably the highest quality.
    One can say the following without any doubt – The doctors from the state of Andhra Pradesh are the earliest in the country to start gaining special experience in Diabetes. Because of them no doubt the public awareness of diabetes exists in the AP. Also AP is the first state to create Diabetes Federation (APDF) of doctors with interest in diabetes which promotes a large number of academic meetings both in the urban and country settings. If the council and health department has any desire to look after the health of the public, they should go one step further and start 1 year PG Diplomas in chronic diseases such as mentioned above and recognise them. Potential to train hundreds to thousands exists in the wealth of India. This way the health of the millions is benefited. I urge the Medical Council and Health department focus on much more serious problems than try to cherry pick least of the issues.
    All is not in the Diplomas/Degrees/Awards and media. What also matters is the Clinical Competence, Communication, Passion, Attitude and Adherence to Ethical Principles.
    I look forward to the views of my learned colleagues.

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    dr sharwan kumar gupta July 4, 2016, 5:09 pm

    till an it sounds fine. but what about GP’s. They are doctors for nothjng. Cannot treat UTI only nephrologist. BP by Carduoligist. cough by pulmonologist. B Sugar by Biochmist. list is endless

  4. So does it mean only dm endocrinologists only should treat diabetes and nobody else. How many endocrinologists are there in India can they take the burden of diabetes alone.

  5. What about texilla American university Gayana. They r giving post graduate degrees with experience and one year course