Newly Proposed Indian Medical Degree ‘Bachelor in Rural Medicine and Surgery’ Comes Under Fire

by Thilaka Ravi on  January 12, 2010 at 2:59 PM Indian Health News
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Newly Proposed Indian Medical Degree ‘Bachelor in Rural Medicine and Surgery’ Comes Under Fire
Indian Medical Association's Tamil Nadu State Branch (IMA TNSB) has sharply criticized the move by the Indian Health Ministry and Medical Council of India (MCI) to create and train doctors under the category, Bachelor in Rural Medicine and Surgery (BRMS). Doctors of the IMA TNSB point out that the proposed BRMS category will only create poorly qualified and ill trained doctors because there is already a shortage of medical teachers in India.  Lacking a comprehensive medical study, a BRMS doctor may mismanage patients leading to complications and even death. Also, the objective of providing medical care for rural India can never be met by creating this new category for doctors because these doctors may eventually migrate and start practising in urban areas.

Observing that medical graduates today opt for a PG degree or to fly abroad because of poor pay and poorer working conditions, the IMA TNSB suggests that a three year period of compulsory rural posting with good infrastructure and good salary for doctors working in PHC, created for every 20, 000 population can take care of the medical service for rural India.  

In order to cater to the 70% demand in rural areas, the Ministry of Health should take immediate measures in the budget to better equip PHCs and sanction an encouraging salary for medical graduates to draw their attention to rural India. IMA TNSB also suggests instituting a post graduate degree such as MD Rural Medicine with subjects including Community medicine, Toxicology and Infectious diseases, allowing those working for five years to appear directly for the exam.  

Parallely the local Administration should step up its efforts to provide fresh air, safe drinking water and safe disposal of waste and sewage to check infectious diseases that constitute 80% of rural India's ailments.

The move to create the BRMS study category has been dubbed a retrograde step that could dilute the high standard associated with Indian medical professionals everywhere in the world. IMA TNSB has presented the case before Indian citizens and welcomes suggestions for further course of action to oppose the newly proposed BRMS category of medical study in India.

Source: Medindia

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yeah i am in support of doing BRMS course i want to do it we should have a agitation in support of it. If government does not start this course then I will make suicide . Doctors are selfish They does not want to loose patients and money. Because of money they are not supporting this thought. They are money minded I request doctors not to oppose this course

now more than 1,50,000 Homeopathic doctors working in Rural India Aftar compliting Degree they practing under allopathic hospital and with very nice experince they are practicing homeopathy even in emergiengy they use allopathy for saving life of rural area..of india ..thease ppl actually devoted to health sevices in rural instade of launching new course for rural should give additional course with emergiency allopathic medicin to this doctors so they can work freely..with Govt.Health policies in Rural India


previous BAMS course was good enough to give medical service in rural areas Generally most of the MBBS students go for post graduation or they prefer to practice in arban areas only .IF bams doctors are trained to give knowledge in medical emergencies like cardiac problems ,accidental injuries head injuries ,coma ,neurological emergencies acute abdomen , gynaecological ,bleeding conditions it will be beneficial for the poor pepole of rural areas .they charge less than MBBS Doctor .

Faclity for 10+2 medical is not available in almost all of villages in india. So govt should also do something about this issue.
So BRMS course is not beneficial for village students and people.

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