Licentiate Test for MBBS graduates
Those who now wish to practice medicine in future would have to follow up their MBBS course with a licentiate examination.
The MBBS graduates would not have to clear the licentiate India Medical Graduates (IMG) degree test, after a one-year internship if they want to do medical practice in the country. This crucial reform has been mooted by the Medical Council of India (MCI). This will come up for discussion at the national summit to be held at Manekshaw Centre, Parade Road, Delhi, on September 12.
After the acceptance of this proposal, MBBS graduates would have to complete a one-year internship in a hospital before they can appear for the licentiate examination. All the principals from medical colleges in the State have been invited to the meet who woul give suggestions based on the local needs of the state.
In another important move which is put forward by the MCI, there is a proposal of abolition of entrance examination for PG courses. PG entrants will be selected on the basis of the marks obtained at the MBBS level and the marks obtained in the internship to get the IMG. Students for the PG courses will be selected from a national-level merit list, prepared after taking into account the marks obtained in the theory test and in the licentiate test.
These new reforms would be optionally implemented from 2013 and would become mandatory from 2017.
Under-graduate students will have to do a foundation course for two months which would comprise of medical ethics, communication, health economics, biohazards and environmental issues, in tune with the proposed reforms.
There is also a suggestion for the introduction a new two-year M Med scheme at PG level. After obtaining M Med, students will have the option of getting MD, dual degrees, PhD and DM.
The draft paper of the MCI has also suggested that the number of examinations of MBBS will be reduced from four to three.