MCI Chairman Rues Lack of Specialist Doctors

by Kathy Jones on  July 22, 2010 at 9:36 PM Education News   - G J E 4
The chairman of the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI), Dr S K Sarin has lamented on the lack of specialist doctors in the country.
 MCI Chairman Rues Lack of Specialist Doctors
MCI Chairman Rues Lack of Specialist Doctors

Speaking at the 15th convocation ceremony of the SGPGI in Lucknow on Wednesday, Dr Sarin said there was a distinct lack of interest in MBBS amongst the youth these days.

"We have maximum number of MBBS in the country, but MD and MS are less in numbers, and there are only a few specialists," he added. " On the other hand, US has 24,000 post graduates and 16,000 graduate doctors. India actually needs a reverse rocket model, but we have worked out a modality, which will be finalised soon."

Clarifying the stand of the MCI on the six medical colleges seeking approval in UP, Dr Sarin said the state needed 21 colleges, but there were just six ready to be operational. "India has one doctor for 1,700 people. The US has one doctor for 324 persons. Even if 5,000 new doctors come up every year, it will take 19 years before we can bring the number up to one doctor per thousand population," he added.

143 students received their degrees at the convocation ceremony.


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I fully agree that specialists are scarce in our country... and thats the reason PHYSICIANS M.D (Medicine) keep claiming themselves CARDIOLOGIST & DIABETOLOGIST & CHEST SPECIALIST & WHAT NOT...They can claim to be specialist of all specialities!!!!
drpradeep79 Friday, July 23, 2010
One looks forward to knowing the details of the "reverse rocket model" that Dr. Sarin has alluded to. There certainly is a woeful lack of medical specialists of all kinds. But even greater is the need to reorient the undergraduate training so as to produce medical graduates competent to take responsibility for primary/secondary levels of health care and to channel more of them eventually to Family Medicine as their speciality. But there are two basic steps fundamental to any stable, sustainable model of man power generation at both these levels.: [1] Medical education has to be made less expensive without dilution of the quality of the graduates which is quite feasible. This will enable all states to have one medical college in each district and thus have a equitable and steady generation of physicians for all levels of health care. (2) Plan a crash programme for producing sufficient faculty of good quality to man this growing number of medical colleges.
P.Zachariah Friday, July 23, 2010

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