New Delhi: Setting a deadline for MBBS admissions, the Undergraduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) has directed the medical universities to ensure that there is no MBBS admission in respect of any academic session beyond August 30 of the respective year.
Apart from this, the Apex medical education regulatory body has also issued directions to the universities to organise admission timing and admission process in a manner so that the first Professional year of MBBS course commences by the 1st of August of each year.
NMC has warned that it may discharge any such student who gets admitted after the last date for closure of admission and also cancel their medical qualification.
These directions have been issued by the NMC in the recently released CBME curriculum for the MBBS course. Medical Dialogues had recently reported that following the publication of the Graduate Medical Education Regulations 2023 in the official Gazette on June 02, 2023, the UG Board of NMC has now issued the new curriculum for MBBS students.
Issuing a circular in this regard on June 12, 2023, the Director of the UGMEB, Shambhu Sharan Kumar informed, “All previously issued Notifications/circulars/clarifications shall now be void and superseded by these new guidelines.”
These new guidelines including the new CBME curriculum for the MBBS students “shall be applicable to all the admission made in MBBS course in a medical college in the academic year 2023-24.”
While specifying the phase-wise training and time distribution for professional development, NMC also discussed about the training period and time distribution.
In the newly released curriculum, NMC has set a deadline for completing the process of MBBS admission. In this regard, NMC mentioned, “Universities shall organize admission timing and admission process in such a way that teaching in the first Professional year commences with induction through the Foundation Course by the 1st of August of each year. There shall be no admission of students in respect of any academic session beyond 30th August under any circumstance. The Universities shall not register any student admitted beyond the said date.”
Warning to take action against such students, who get admitted after the deadline, NMC mentioned in the guidelines, “The National Medical Commission may direct, that any student identified as having Obtained admission after the last date for closure of admission be discharged from the Course of study, or any medical qualification granted to such a student shall not be a recognized qualification by National Medical Commission.”
“The institution which grants admission to any student after the last date specified from the same shall also be liable to face such action as may be prescribed by National Medical Commission,” it added.
The new MBBS curriculum includes objectives of the Indian Graduate Medical Training Programme, National Goals in respect of the Indian Medical Graduates, Institutional Goals, Goals for the Learner, Competency Based Training Programme of the Indian Medical Graduate, Lifelong learner committed to continuous improvement of skills and knowledge.
Apart from these, the Curriculum at length has discussed about the competencies, broad subject specific objectives, skills, integration in respect of 1st professional year subjects including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, 2nd professional year subjects including Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, 3rd professional year subjects such as Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Community Medicine, General Medicine, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Respiratory Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Orthopedics (including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), Anaesthesiology, Radiodiagnosis, Oto-rhinolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Further, the new CBME Curriculum has also discussed about the phase-wise training and time distribution for professional development. It includes training period and time distribution, the distribution of 4.5 years period, phase-wise distribution of teaching hours. It also has discussed about the new teaching/learning elements including the foundation course, early clinical exposure, electives, Professional Development including Attitude, Ethics and Communication Module (AETCOM), Learner-doctor method of clinical training (Clinical Clerkship), Assessment etc
Besides, the new CBME curriculum has also discussed about the eligibility to appear for Professional examinations, attendance, internal assessment, university examinations, appointment of examiners etc. The guidelines also include AETCOM competencies for first, second and third year MBBS. Tables specifying time distribution of MBBS programme & examination schedule, distribution of subjects in each Professional Phase, Foundation Course, Distribution of subject wise teaching hours of MBBS 1st, 2nd and final year MBBS, clinical posting schedules in weeks, learner-doctor programme, marks distribution for various subjects for University annual examinations etc.