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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Doctors seek more PG seats for medical courses

Doctors seek more PG seats for medical courses
CHENNAI: Doctors across the country have launched a movement seeking more post-graduate seats for medical courses. 

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI) along with medical students' representatives from across the country on Tuesday announced the 'Save the Doctor' movement to increase the number of PG seats and include rural posting as part of the postgraduate training programme. 

Though India has the largest number of medical institutions, the disparity in the number of seats allotted for PG and UG students, along with the mandatory rural posting, affect the career of young doctors as they end up spending 13 years merely studying, said representatives of the associations. 

"It is sad that nearly two lakh young doctors in our country at the peak of their youth spend years in coaching classes mugging multiple choice questions than treating patients. Every Indian household once dreamed of making their child a doctor, but today it is considered a costly and tedious process," said Dr Devi Shetty, treasurer of AHPI. The country was seeing a crunch in the number of specialists due to the limited number of PG seats, he said. 

There are 45,600 UG seats in the country at present, which are likely to reach 50,000 soon due to the steps taken by the Medical Council of India. On the other hand, there are only 12,000 PG seats.

1 comment:

  1. Its just too unjust with doctors who toil so much for the mankind that PG seats are so less than UG seats. It must be equalised, immediately.