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Tamil Nadu: Medical Council moves to cancel degrees of 37 Emergency medicine Specialists

Tamil Nadu: Medical Council moves to cancel degrees of 37 Emergency medicine Specialists

Chennai: 37 Emergency Medicine specialists in the state are now going to lose their “specialist” stance, as the Tamil Nadu Medical Council (TNMC) is about to cancel their “unrecognised PG degrees”. These doctors are also likely to receive a censure, along with a probable fine of Rupees 10,000.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that a complaint filed with the state medical council by the Emergency medical association revealed that 48 of the 59 emergency medicine specialist doctors were registered with the state’s council while holding unrecognised postgraduate degrees in emergency medicine.

The degrees these doctors hold are from Vinayaka Mission Medical College and Sree Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, which got letters of permission (LoPs) for a postgraduate course in emergency medicine, with two seats each in 2013 and 2012, respectively. With a recognized postgraduate degree in this discipline before 2015 and 2016, an impossibility, it has been observed that 48 of these post-graduate degrees registered are from a period prior to 2015. Moreover, 20 of these 48 are from before 2009, the year emergency medicine got recognized as a postgraduate speciality in India by MCI

Read also: 48 of 59 emergency Medical Specialists hold unrecognized PGs- TN Medical Council RTI Shocker

Responding to the complaint,  TNMC issued a show-cause notice to 48 doctors on grounds of “misleading the council”.

Read also- TN Medical Council Notice to 48 Doctors for holding Unrecognised PG degrees

TOI reports that of the 48 doctors, 11 have now sought for more time to respond while the council is not satisfied by the response by the remaining doctors. Many did not even respond to the council notice.

Dr K Senthil, president of the state council informed TOI , “We were not satisfied with the reply given by those who appeared before the council. A decision on the case will be taken at the general committee meeting on October 10,” he added “Some doctors from Kerala told us they were not able to attend the meeting as they were stuck in floods. A few others wanted advance notice as they were living abroad. We will be calling them for inquiry soon.”

If action is taken by the council, these doctors will lose their specialist tags and will be barred from being teaching faculty or practicing specialists in emergency department across the country.

Source: with inputs
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  1. When somebody joins a speciality course, he should know the risks of having an unrecongised degree or the medical college should have printed the information in the brochure. When a medical college is running a particular course and awarding unrecognised degrees, why the management is spared till date?.This is the reason majority of doctors have allegations of corruption against MCI.

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    Rupkumar Karavadi October 4, 2018, 11:39 am

    Irresptictive of the issue of recognition, the involved members passed an examination conducted by the university and I am certain that the examiners and standard for the examination would not be different from the examination conducted by the other recognised institutions.j Why the MCI could not prevent these institutins from running courses which were not recognised by the mCI? What was the MCI doing when the examinations are being conducted? what action was taken by the MCI on these institutions . I am sure they continue to run the course even to day. All these so called emergency medicine specialists did undergo formal training in emergency medicine and are better qualified than the average physician to work in emergency rooms . recongnition by MCI should not interfere with the practice of skills and knowledge acquired by physician.