PG medical students to serve in district hospitals for a compulsory rotating internship
In the note sent to the Union Health Ministry, it was proposed that all postgraduate students shall undertake a rotation in designated district hospitals/health systems for a period of three months as a part of their course curriculum. In addition to activities at the district hospital, postgraduate students of community medicine may also require to get posted at primary health centres and gain relevant field experience.
As stated by a senior government official “District hospitals represent the backbone of the country’s secondary level public healthcare providing speciality care. These hospitals are closer to people than most medical colleges, and are an overwhelming source of services for the people, rural and urban alike,”
BoG said the District Residency Programme may be coordinated by the Directorate General of Health Services who will also be preparing an annual record for placement of the batch of the postgraduate students. The states with surplus postgraduate student supply may be grouped with supply-deficient states to meet the requisite.
Medical colleges, both government and private, will place their post-graduates in the hands of the government for rotation/posting towards the duration of the course for at least three months. The rotation will be provisionally termed ‘District Residency Program and the postgraduate student undergoing this posting will be termed as ‘District Resident’.
The BoG has written to the Health Ministry to develop guidelines for implementation of the proposal for postgraduate students and establish a partnership with the state governments for the same. It has also sought that this provision comes into force from the next academic session.
“The move is aimed at providing practical experience to future specialists in the real-life setting of the country’s public health system. Also, this will help address the shortage of specialist doctors in district hospitals of rural and remote areas, and help strengthen services at such hospitals,” a senior government official said.
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