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Give Nurses, Dentists Lateral Entry In MBBS: Policy Project

The draft has suggested radical changes in medical education. One of the most radical suggestions is the proposal to allow nursing and dentistry graduates to enter the course with a common basic course of one to two years for physicians, and nurses .

Other important changes include reducing the role of the various boards of medicine, nursing and dentistry to establish only professional standards and subcontracting the inspection and accreditation work to leading agencies. The draft policy also reiterates the proposal to introduce the long-awaited common exit exam for all MBBS graduates.

The draft suggests completely eliminating the regulation of fees while granting scholarships for 50% of students, and 20% gets the full scholarship.

In a big change from the current model, the draft policy recommends that the first year or two of the MBBS course be designed as a common period for all science graduates, after which they can take medicine (MBBS), dentistry (BDS) ), nursing or other specializations. Common core courses based on medical pluralism will be followed by core courses focusing on specific and optional systems that foster the transition between systems. Graduates from other medical disciplines such as nursing, dentistry, etc., will also be allowed lateral entry to the MBBS course, establishing the draft policy.

Dr. Devi Shetty, president of Naryana Healh, who contributed to the draft medical education proposals, clarified that lateral income does not mean exemption from the entrance examination. He told TOI that the details have not yet been resolved, but that the side entrance would not be allowed to become a free pass to enter MBBS. Then, students of nursing and dentistry, for example, would have to take NEET if they wanted a side entrance, but then they would only have to complete the remaining years of the course. If a nursing candidate seeks a lateral entry after two years, he or she would first have to pass NEET and then complete the remaining three years (if the duration of the MBBS course is five years).

In the fees and scholarships, the draft policy states that in line with the spirit of providing autonomy to educational institutions …, the fees for professional education courses will be left to the administration of educational institutions, both public and private. private institutions, adding that institutions would have to comply with their social obligations and grant scholarships to students from the socially and economically weakest sectors of society. However, it also establishes the objective of improving access to health education for rural students and reducing the cost of education.

The draft suggests that the proposed common exit exam for MBBS should also serve as the entrance examination for graduate programs. This exit exam will be administered at the end of the fourth year of the MBBS so that students are freed from the burden of studying for an independent, competitive entrance exam at the end of their residency period. With the entrance exam out of the way, they can spend their residency period acquiring valuable skills and competences, the draft states, adding that similar exams of common exit could be carried out for dental education and other disciplines as well.

Citing the tremendous shortage of professionals in the health sector, the draft policy suggests the creation of a separate committee to develop a detailed transformation plan for the sector.

By stating that professional education should be separate from professional practice, the draft policy contemplates the conversion of the Indian Medical Council (MCI) and the dentistry and nursing councils into professional standards setting bodies that could also provide a curricular framework, in which educational institutions will prepare their studies. own curricula.

All institutions that offer professional education will also be required to be accredited once every 5 years, by accreditation agencies created by the National Council for Evaluation and Accreditation (NAAC) in consultation with professional councils. Independent accreditation agencies will be highlighted with the necessary mandate to accredit all professional education flows, the draft states.- News Jizz

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