MCI finalizes 3 months compulsory District Residency Programme for MD,MS doctors, Details
New Delhi: Doctors joining their MD, MS and PG Diploma courses from 2020 onwards would now have to undertake a mandatory rotational duty in district hospitals for a period of 3 months, as the Medical Council of India Board of Governors ( MCI BOG) have now finalized the District Residency Programme in District Health System to this effect
The District Residency Programme will be implemented with the PG (broad specialty) batch joining in 2020, stated the MCI in recently released gazette notification, which also laid down the details of the program. To summarise the program, all PG broad specialty students will have to undergo three-month rotational duty in various clinical departments of government district hospitals having 100 beds or more. Such rotation shall take place in the 3rd or 4th or 5th semester of the Postgraduate program and postgraduate medical students undergoing training shall be termed as a 'District Resident'.
Under the program, While PG of Clinical specialties would be working under specialists at the district hospitals and would be working in outpatient, inpatient, casualty and other areas, and encompass night duties, PG medical of pre/para clinical disciplines (namely, Anatomy; Biochemistry; Community Medicine; Forensic Medicine; Microbiology; Pathology; Physiology; and Pharmacology) would be trained in and contribute to the diagnostic/laboratory services, pharmacy services, forensic services, general clinical duties, managerial roles and public health programs, etc., as applicable.
The student will be drawing full stipend/salary from their medical colleges during this duration and would also be getting a certificate at the end of their training.
The Programme shall be coordinated jointly by the Department / Directorate of Medical Education and the Department /Directorate of Health Services with the MCI BOG constituting a National Steering Committee to guide and oversee the various program aspects.
To incorporate the same, the MCI has now amended the Post-graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 and included a new clause,. On Clause 13, under the heading of "Training Programme", in sub-clause 13(1) following shall be added as proviso:
Provided that in respect of MD/MS students admitted with effect from academic session 2020-21, the training imparted as part of the District Residency Programme in District Health System, as provided for in sub-clause 13 (11) of these Regulations shall be considered as training imparted in a medical institution.
3. In the "Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000", in Clause 13, under the heading of "Training Programme", sub-clause 13 (11) has been added which has the following features
(ii) Objectives: The main objectives of the District Residency Programme (DRP) would be
(i) to expose the postgraduate student to District Health System and involve them in health care services being provided at the District Hospital for learning while serving;
(ii) to acquaint them with the planning, implementation, monitoring and assessment of outcomes of the National Health programs at the district level; and
(iii) to orient them to promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services being provided by various categories of healthcare professionals under the umbrella of National Health Mission. In doing so, the postgraduate medical students would also be contributing toward the strengthening of services of the District Health System as specialty resident doctors working as members of the district teams.
(iii) Definition of District Hospital:
For the purpose of this program, a District Hospital shall be a functional public sector/government-funded hospital of not less than 100 beds with facilities/staff for the designated specialties at that level/facility
(vi) Training and Responsibilities of District Residents:
b. Pre- and Para - Clinical Specialities: