New Delhi: Dentists may come closer to practicing main stream medicine in the country, as the Niti Aayog, together with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are going now chalk out a road map for creating a cadre of Mid-level providers in India and for the same likely to hold a meeting on Monday, the 22nd April, 2019 to consider bringing in the BDS-MBBS bridge course.
It is reported that a meeting was held at the PM’s office earlier this month, 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/main stream medicine following bridge course.
Now following the same, a meeting is proposed to be held at the Niti Ayog to discuss the issues on leveraging dentists to provide primary healthcare thereby reducing the gaps of current shortfall of doctors in the country.
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.
Read Also: Soon, Dentists to Become Physicians
The Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India have been since then in the process of finalizing a bridge course to enable BDS passouts to pursue MBBS in the country. 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.
Now Niti Ayog is expected to mull on the idea in a meeting that will also see participation from relevant stakeholders and councils including DCI.