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Monday, October 28, 2013

Students, docs bemoan lack of PG seats

Students, docs bemoan lack of PG seats

About 43,000 MBBS students pass out of medical college annually, but there are only 12,000 post graduate (PG) seats available. “One lakh MBBS doctors sit for the PG entrance examination. Even during internship, these students are busy preparing for various entrance exams due to the dearth of seats available,” says Dr. Girdhar J. Gyani, governing board member of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH).

He pointed out that many doctors therefore preferred doing their post-graduate specialization in the US. If the Medical Council of India doubled the PG seats – from 12,000 to 24,000 —  they could draw students from neighbouring countries as well, Dr. Gyani said.

The country is in need of gynaecologists and radiologists. meanwhile, patients regard those with an MBBS degree alone as juniors. “They are looking for specialists and even we have dreams to specialise in a particular field,” an MBBS student said.

Dr. G.R. Ravind­r­ana­th, general secretary of Doctors’ Association for Social Equality (DASE), said that there were vacancies for paediatricians and anesthetists at community medical centres and district headquarter hospitals in Tamil Nadu. “By 2020, if we have to maintain the required ratio of one doctor per 1,000 people we have to increase the number of medical colleges,” he said.
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