A media briefing by Dr. Ketan B. Desai, President, Medical Council of India (MCI) on "Alternative Undergraduate Medical Education Model" based on the lines of "Barefoot doctors of China" is scheduled to be held in Delhi on February 5, 2010, Friday between 1pm and 3pm. The venue is Silver Oak- 1, India habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
Experts have long been concerned about the lopsided healthcare delivery in India. While urban India has 200 doctors per 100,000 population, India's villages has only 1/6th the number of doctors in contrast.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India in consultation with the Medical Council of India (MCI) is ready with a plan that can go a long way in bridging the unfairly huge rural- urban divide in India. The plan is aiming at a radical revamp of medical education in India through an Alternative Undergraduate Medical Education Model.
If it is put into action, this plan will effectively cut the huge shortfall of medical professionals in rural India by producing medical graduates trained to practice specifically in a rural setting, that is, in notified rural areas.
To arrive at a consensus on the proposed model, MCI is organizing a two-day workshop involving the VCs and Deans of medical colleges all over India and Directors of Medical Education from all states. The press briefing hopes to unveil the consensus module arrived at after discussions at the workshop.