News in brief: May 2011
A new examination for Indian medical students designed to increase the credibility of the country’s doctors has been proposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The council would like to introduce the Indian Medical Graduate degree from 2013, initially as a voluntary option but with plans for it to become mandatory for all undergraduate students from 2017. The examination would be conducted two months after undergraduate medical students take their Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) examinations, and would, according to the council, be “similar to an ISI [Indian Standards Institution] mark, guaranteeing quality.”
The council is also planning to start grading the one year compulsory internship that students do after their MB BS examinations. And it has proposed the launch of a Master of Medicine exam for postgraduate students, which would take the form of a two year course after MB BS.
S K Sarin,