DAK opposes exit examinations for doctors to practice

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Srinagar: While Union Health Ministry has proposed an exit examination for doctors to practice medicine, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today has opposed the move as it would belittle the scope of MBBS examination.

President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that the exit examination would devalue five-and- a-half year long MBBS course.

The centre has proposed a mandatory National Exit Test (NEXT) for all MBBS students passing out of government as well as private medical colleges, which will allow them to practice medicine in any part of the country, he said adding that this test would be essential to take the entrance examination for the postgraduate course.

We are against the move as it will be unfair to make students to appear for their final examination as well as an exit test. It will pose an unnecessary burden on our medical students, the DAK president said.

Under existing rules, once MBBS students have cleared their final year exam at the end of the course, they can register with Medical Council of India (MCI) for a license and practice. Our medical colleges conduct final year exam based on syllabus by MCI that is uniform across the country.

He said only MCI can decide what students should study and how to certify them. What is the need of an additional test when all medical colleges function under the regulations of, and are approved by the MCI?

By insisting that medical graduates take a licentiate examination, the government is sending a signal that it does not have faith in medical colleges it has approved, he said adding the medical graduates are awarded MBBS degree after attaining certain set of skills and clearing all exams during the course.

The exit examination would be nothing but suspecting the medical education system. The bed-side practice of doctors during the internship will be affected if the exit examination is forced on them.

Doctors use the internship to understand practices at the hospital level.

Dr Hassan said if the exit examinatiion is introduced, they will be running on coaching centres. There are other issues that need to be addressed, rather than adding another examination.

  He said a better way of seeking uniformity would be to add faculty and infrastructure in medical colleges that are deficient in these.

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