The district hospitals can foresee delivering improved medical services soon. The board of governors of the Medical Council of India has agreed to launch a district residency programme from the current academic session. With the implementation of this, PG medicos across the country will have to compulsorily serve in a designated district hospital for three months.
The district residency programme is for all PG medical students in government and private medical colleges including those affiliated to deemed universities. Students who fail on the count will not be allowed to take their final exams. The programme will be implemented for the PG batch that joined in 2019. Therefore, the earliest postings will commence from mid-2020.
According to an official statement, MCI has resolved that all postgraduate medical students of broad specialities shall undertake a rotation in designated district hospitals/district health systems for three months as a part of the course curriculum. The statement also stated that satisfactory completion of the residency would be a necessary condition for a candidate to be allowed to appear in the final exam.
The officials noted that district hospitals represent the backbone of the country’s secondary-level health care providing speciality treatment. These hospitals are closer to people and an overwhelming source of services in rural and urban areas.
The board also noted that this would expose future physicians/specialists to wide-ranging clinical material and enables them to learn care of such patients in ecosystems with heterogeneous resources and teams.

Source: Times of India.


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