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BDS to MBBS Bridge Course: MCI, DCI to review BDS currciculum to Examine Feasibility of Proposal

BDS to MBBS Bridge Course: MCI, DCI to review BDS currciculum to Examine Feasibility of Proposal

New Delhi: The proposal of BDS to MBBS Course may see some action in the times to come as the Medical Council of India (MCI), along with the Dental Council of India (DCI) and the Union Health Ministry (MOHFW) will review the curriculum of BDS in this regard.

The purpose of the entire review of the curriculum would be to analyse and determine the feasibility of the
proposal and to determine whether it is possible to Leverage Dentists to fill present gaps of the doctor shortage in the system

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that in the year 2016, the Dental Council of India had put forward the proposal of a bridge course to the government as a solution to two major problems that the country is facing-  On one hand there is a severe shortage of MBBS doctors particularly to serve in the rural areas, on the other hand dental students are currently facing a large problem of placements and recruitment after the completion of their courses.

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The Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India have been since then in the process of examining whether it is possible to design a bridge course to enable BDS passouts to pursue MBBS in the country.

Read Also: BDS to MBBS Bridge course being finalised by MCI, DCI

Last year a special committee was constituted by MCI under the chairmanship of Dr Ved Prakash Mishra for this purpose. The committee began addressing a number of technical issues, including the what will be the coursework and the fact whether dental students will have to undergo another round of internship as per the MBBS curriculum. The issue was also to be decided where these bridge pass-outs students will be registered ( MCI or DCI or dual registration ) as well as which council will be entrusted with the operations of running the said course.

With the MCI being taken over by the Board of Governors, the matter was then passed to the new body.

The proposal also saw some momentum,  earlier this year when a meeting that was held at the PM’s office on 9th April 2019, regarding the scaling up of medical education in India. In the said meeting, it was inter-alia decided to explore the option of allowing dentists to practice family medicine/mainstream medicine following a bridge course. The same was then sent to the Medical Council of India regarding Examination of the proposal

Providing the Action Taken Report on the PMO Minutes of 9th April. 2019, the MCI Board of Governors, in its recent meeting while approving  the ATR on the matter noted that “MCI will participate with DCI and MOHFW to review the curriculum of BDS and  then examine the feasibility of the proposal.”



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  2. Looking at the timing of this news, it seems this is only to attract students to bds colleges and again it will surface next year…

  3. Only a passionate, idiot who have lots of money will do that MBBS after BDS ……..Not ordinary poor, well deserving but unfortunate Dental student !!!
    Excelling in any field is what is required ..
    Having people with money and People without knowledge but got seats somehow to become MBBS/MD/MS is the cause of all ills in the present day Health care system.

  4. Me being a MBBS myself want to tell this is extremely a good decision and I SUPPORT IT 100%. All of my colleagues who are against this saying about NEET score difference and all. I want to ask you something, A guy who got Mbbs via sc/st reservation or private management quota, they don\’t have even 1/2 the neet score of a Bds student. Infact most GENERAL CATEGORY BDS students have to take up BDS because most MBBS seats are taken up by reservation by sc/st people with even lower scores than general category BDS.

    If these reservation and managment people with low score are allowed to study MBBS and the quality of MBBS has still not got down then don\’t think letting few DESERVED bds students will do any harm. Moreover this will decrease rhe vusiness of management quota people selling mbbs seats for 1crore+.
    Bds students have same syllabus like us mbbs, most of it. Another 2-3 years of training is enough

    Yes, but some criterias should be there for lateral entry. Like their marks in college should be taken into account and no reservations for lateral entry. And the main thing which should be taken care of that they have 3-5 years paid village duty after their completion of MBBS. Else it will lead to just saturation of MBBS in the cities and the actual cause for having lateral entry is lost.

  5. A wel read BDS student is better than a Half knowlede MBBS…. This is teh actual problem in todays world. People who have no capacity to withstand teh demandss of teh medical Profession are becoming doctors just because of resrvation/hype of callinmg themselves a sDrs. and people who are having theintrisic capability are denayed just because of 1 mark or evn 1/3 rd of a mark !!! Sometinmes even students with the same marks get different ranks…. All 8 students with Score 90 % only, 2 got and 6 people in college in the same BIPC didn\’t get MBBS.

  6. Absolutely true Sir..My friend who got 89.33 (XII std PCBi structure) got MBBS seat in a Private college under Govt Quota…His father was financially rich enough to send ghim to study MBBS.and another friend mine who scored 90% in the same exam had to study Dentistry ( even though he got a seat in a Private college under Govt quota) in a Govt college because his father was a Primary school teacher and could not aford to pay the Private college fee.

  7. I can see a lot of hateful comments against bds🙄.. but if ayurveda is getting more importance than bds what was the purpose of giving bds as next priority in allotments after mbbs … Ppl who had ranked in ten thousand can get a bridge course … But variation in a few ranks you ppl can\’t even tolerate us .. what an irony 😒 even I am against this idea of bridge course ..