Dental Council proposes three-year bridge course in MBBS for BDS graduates

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mangalore: The Dental Council of India (DCI) is proposing a three-year bridge course in MBBS for BDS graduates in a bid to enable them to provide both medical and oral healthcare in rural areas.

Talking to reporters here on Friday, Dr Dibyendu Mazumdar, president, Dental Council of India (DCI), said, “There is a shortage of medical professionals in rural areas. A good number of BDS graduates come out every year. These graduates have already been trained in many aspects of treatment during their five-year course. With a further three-year MBBS course these graduates can meet the requirement of medical professionals in rural areas.”

At the inaugural ceremony of Karnataka State Dental Conference on Friday, DCI vice president Dr Y Bharath Shetty said the council was considering use of the massive resource of health professionals for rural healthcare. “The Medical Council of India might have opposition (for the bridge course) as we will be entering in their domain,” he said. The curriculum (of the bridge course) will be framed and passed in the general body of the DCI before submitting it to the government, he added. [Source: Hindu]

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42 Comments »

Comment by |Dr.Jayasankar
2014-11-30 12:27:33

A STRANGE SUGGESTION INDEED!!!
why all the paramediccs,alternate systems,dentists etc are so eagre to enter modern medical profession only?
how many dentists are now practising in rural areas?
they thing that modern medicine is a lucrative area for money making and this is the sole purpose behind all these moves.
Dentistry has grown a lot nowadays with several specialities and super speccialities.
they have to ask to create dentists’ posts in rural areas to make the advanced care available to rural people instead of running behind for back door entry into modern medicine.

 
Comment by gagan malode
2014-11-30 22:59:58

No its a very suggestion indeed…
Unemployment point of view of young dentists, it’s a need of hour.

 
Comment by MBBSMDMS.COM
2014-12-01 23:27:38

Mr SK Katharia’s comment is constructive and valued. I am of the opinion instead of outright rejecting the idea of implementation of bridge course. It would be better left to time to discuss by all sections of the medical fraternity as well as the other important medical related section to debate and come to a logical solution. Without discounting the feedback from the gentlemen who are not in favor of bridge course, the suggestion to move forward without disturbing the present allopathic fraternity.

 
Comment by suhail ahmad
2014-12-03 07:55:03

It had been a great step by the council….we the bds students study almost MBBS still we r counted as dentists ..a three year bridge programe can make us viable of various medical programes…it be would be helpfull for the bds students and his future and the most important the education system of our country and the research system ..so it is appriciative …there should be no opposition ..after all three years r to me versified again to carry out mbbs..it is an effective step taken

 
Comment by fathima
2014-12-05 14:25:58

a bigg applause for the DCI authorities for taking a great decision..mbbs aftr bds degree is one f the best idea to mould future health care professionals concernd abt rural health..that too a by a bridge course can motivate many intrstd future dentists to b a part of t…pls grant this soon..thnkz a lott fo the president of DCI

 
Comment by NAVANEETH
2014-12-05 15:44:05

The biggest and most damning logic against this move is the current picture. How many BDS doctors themselves are willing to go and work in a rural setting where they shall hardly have access to any operating or diagnostic instruments? Very few. What is the guarantee that once they have been given the license to practice as MBBS doctors, they shall go down and fulfil the dual roles that they have been groomed for? And if they do, should they not, then, receive the pay of two professionals rather than one, since they are providing services equivalent to two caregivers? What about the expensive set up needed for providing dental diagnostic and therapeutic care? Will our governments handle those expenses and set them up, or will they, by default, relapse into MBBS doctoring, eventually sliding right back into the urban set up for more lucrative offers? The DCI, instead of working on value addition to the course and making it lucrative for the students, is catering to the “short cut” to Medicine route instead. While it is true that there are multiple subjects that are common to the MBBS and the BDS curricula, it does not mean that the BDS should be reduced to a stepping stone for getting a “proxy” MBBS degree. Many of the dentistry students would actually be happy to see this deal, because, let us face it, their first choice would have been to study Medicine in the first place. By catering to that undercurrent, the DCI is taking a short route to popularity, and in exchange, further undermining the value of the BDS course. In my opinion, this move basically would translate into the fact that the BDS is a stepping stone to becoming an MBBS doctor
FINALLY LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR THE DCI HAS NO AUTHORITY TO INDULGE IN GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS . THIS WILL NOT BE A REALITY . MCI . IMA and AIMSF stand united against any moves to destroy MBBS as the DCI saturated the BDS course and they are looking to the neighbours plate for dinner

 
Comment by suhail ahmad
2014-12-07 00:39:39

Mr navenath ..it is a pleasure to see ur comment but may I remind u bds students r also citizens of India ..and do u how accuracy will be brought up by the dentists in the medical feilds …could not a bds students hv good carrier in medical aspect or only bcoz of u ..u want that they may be called as dentists only m.i may remind u ..it is not an issue of dentistry as a whole but nation as a whole if u r completely broad minded neglecting ur profession …..it is matter of national economical point where different aspects of economics of the country will be conserved as a whole ..so b4 cominting anythig u should think for nation not for urself ..we r with DCI ..and we hope IMA will aprove it ..and it would not be any any mercy from medical councal to a dental student bcoz after all a bds student had to pay a tribute of three years to get MBBS ..so it is existing and a prior offer by the DCI and it must be approved soon ..thanks and regards ..suhail tantry

 
Comment by Dr Navaneeth MBBS MD med
2014-12-07 11:33:07

Sir
being a citizen of India does not guarantee a BDS student to do MBBS . if they are really intrested in MBBS they are most welcome by coming through PMT and earning a seat rather than demanding for a parallel course in modern medicine. Please sir go through DCI act and it does not gives power DCI to propose this course .BHMS , BAMS and ISM students will too demand for a bridge as they too study the basics of MBBS if BDS students are given this parallel education . The real motto of DCI is to extract money from BDS graduates as these courses will be conducted in substandard private medical colleges ,
DCI cannot register an MBBS student and such a course shall undermine the graduate medical EDUCATION REGULATIONS of MCI . I myself an officer in kgmoa Having substantial contacts in IMA and TCMC do not think there professional bodies will approve such courses

Even if this becomes a reality the orthodox institutions will formulate screening examinations just like FMGE exams so to make sure that a vast majority gets no license even after completing the coures
The MCI has raised the MBBS seats from 2009 now every year 8000 new seats are created and by 2020 the doctor patient ratio will improve . New AIIMS in all states would churn up nearly 20000 doctors an year from 2020 (already 7 aiims set up in 2 years time ) . This makes parallel course in modren medicine a futile exercise . Dental council need not worry about doctor patient ratio .

There are some 20000 russian and chinese trained doctors without any employment . I myself know a person trying to clear FMGE exams from 2006 on wards . If government want to show humanity please pass all of them and if not giving FMGE 5 years rural service for a registration in case if they fail rather than making BDS students becoming MBBS

 
Comment by Dr Navaneeth MBBS MD med
2014-12-07 12:12:43

MY COMMENTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO INSULT DENTISTS AND BDS STUDENTS

 
Comment by suhail ahmad
2014-12-08 01:44:54

See dear sir ……it is not any parllel medical course ..it is just a proposal of three years that means a lot in modern times ..actualy MBBS is completed in 5 years and as u know Bds is also a long term same course degree ..proposing three years extra to complete MBBS is not worth any mercy by the medical council …only a gap of 2 years from the actual course of MBBS Is not of any issue almost 65% of total coverage for MBBS is conserved through these three years ..so it is no way mercy ..and yes Bds student r even liable to do Mbbs for 5 years after doing bds ..as by bsc students do by passing screening tests …so whatever dental concil had proposed Is worth in respect to medical council as a student is going to pay 3 extra years ..it is by no way free of cost by medical council .. And mr sir I may remind u that being students of India we can do anything in fields of education and devlopmwnt of country.then what lyes in MBBS ..even after doing any arts feild degree we could deal medical services taking 12th standard In consideration which is provided by the country worth to its citizen so sir u and me r no one to accuasate ..it is a matter of nation and its all feild devlopment ..in devloped countries a Bds graduate becomes a plastic surgeon ..a tympano plastic surgeon ..an ENT And many other field specialists which in India r only for MBBS graduates. So it is a need of an hour to compensate with countries like America Germany ..England etc ..so plz do map resourcing and count the needs of the hour ..thanks and regards ..Suhail Ahmad tantry

 
Comment by Dr Navaneeth MBBS MD med
2014-12-08 09:00:39

Dentists too have passion for their profession just as we guys do for medicine . Dci moves are very unfortunate by bringing BDS course in a very very poor light as being an inferior course to MBBS . DCI is insulting dental students by not having value addition course to BDS . If the bada babus of DCI cannot make their students do what they have been trained for this only means the Dentistry was killed due to rampant seat allocations and corruption . The MDS seats are increased by 400 percentage last year .If such a corrupt body is given a free hand to regulate MBBS in 4 or 5 Years it will too face the fate of BDS .

MBBS seats are increasing year after year by 2025 doctor patient ratio will improve .
AFTER ALL IT IS ONLY A PROPOSAL AND DCI SHOULD AND MUST KNOW WHAT THEIR POWERS ARE BEFORE VENTURING OUT TO CONTROL MEDICAL COU.RSES

 
Comment by Ashok Jahnavi Prasad
2014-12-10 19:11:16
 
Comment by suhail ahmad
2014-12-10 21:46:45

By only ur views it will not be effected …it is a beeter placement ..and u r no one to insult DC managment ..so plz let the train go om its track ..dont disturb the stops

 
Comment by drnitu bittera
2014-12-20 12:09:28

Well according to me..its really a great step which or gov is planning to take. I knoe dat most of the MbbS doctors will be unhappy and dissatisfied..bt thy shd also realize thar we BDS students take the burden of both dental and medical subjects. In the complete 5 yr course we jave to complete our dolifficult practical work and also the theoritical part of medical as well as dental subjects..still at the end people say dat a dentist cannot treat anything except the oral diseases..
This is unacceptable..if we are doing double hardwork we should get the same respect and posiitions..hence i m v happy with this plan..i respect all d doctors and i blv in equality..
Thus i m supporting Dci wholeheartedly..this plan will really make a difference i msur..e

 
Comment by MBBSMDMS.COM
2014-12-23 10:40:02

Hullo Dr Navneeth, officer KGMOA. Your intention and suggestions are realistic. Hope your straight forward comments and suggestions should be taken as valued and constructive criticism by the Babus of Councils and other relevant government authorities.

However, we would be happy if you come more forward and push your theory in the higher echelons of medical and dental fraternity so that the larger sections of the society ( rural population) are benefited. Our dear rural and village brothers need voice like yours to get their right of good health.

Your suggestion that the “government show humanity and pass the 20000 Russian and Chinese trained doctors and if not giving FMGE 5 years rural service for a registration” is a great suggestion. Hope the relevant babus take notice.

Again, Dr Navneeth, you also need to take the BDS community into confidence. Or else they may feel discounted by the allopathic community. All that the BDS community doctors are expecting is respect.

 
Comment by sunil verma
2014-12-23 12:33:29

I think this step frm Dci is ryt direction. firstly i hav to stat abt mbbs dr who employed at rural areas they alwyz hav tendency to moveout frm thr. if they hav hard to their duties y they left villagers on quaks hand whr is morals. money makes them to left out frm thr. if a Bds got 3yr added study to equalise the healthcare requirment of rural areas. u hav to think abt resources n requirments.

 
Comment by MBBSMDMS.COM
2014-12-27 13:32:17

Mr Sunil Verma – Your point is noted and needs more elaboration.

 
Comment by Dr Navaneeth MBBS MD
2015-01-01 17:19:31

Strange indeed all the respected members lecturing medicos ethics morality and condition of our rural countrymen and brothers to MCI and medical fraternity . Guys tell me how many dentists are working in rural areas ? And most of the people commenting do not have any idea about the pathetic infrastructure in rural areas one should be luck to have even a toilet in very remote areas especially the conditions are terrible for our lady MBBS graduates due the lack of basic amenities not mentioning the lack of drugs and equipment shortages . Please go and see for yourself before making such pledges .I am 100 percent sure that none of the BDS turned MBBS doctors would not be willing to work in such conditions . They can go to court and easily get a favourable order after the course . Such restriction in practising medicine is not valid nor is such courses .Undermining the efforts of MBBS students for 4.5 years is an absolute injustice to those toppers . BDS cirricculum does not include ABDOMEN , PELVIS THORAX and LIMBS . even in the first year of studies then how can you say that we have studied every aspect of 1 st and second year ? MBBS degree exams are 2 paper structure in majority state universities . Forensic medicine is not studied by BDS graduates . Even though the courses look superficially same they are entirely different science/medical streams

 
Comment by anwesha
2015-01-13 00:53:56

It’s a great step …really …..bds students are taught so much provided with human knowledge that they can handle the 3years mbbs course….actually bds seats are also counted under pmt exams. …Some ranks make a difference. ….so if dental students get a chance to study medical…..what’s wrong in that? ? .I hope that dental students shall be given this chance to do the 3years mbbs course

 
Comment by Dr Gaurav Sharma
2015-01-16 06:47:44

best option &its need for BDS holder. There is need to newly BDS holder which study most of part of Medicine surgery pharma biochem pathology micro biological human anatomy all of that except pead & gynai so it time to great because there is so knowledge to do treatment for human after its learn to do practice medicine &also do treat for oral health to prevent disease in human body.mbbs provide most of diploma & pg course but BDS I doctors have nt option to any diploma except dentistry in same approx same knowledge to PG .here is big problems to employment to face dentist after big study.there are common admissions MBBS & BDS.

 
Comment by satish solankar
2015-03-01 08:11:16

Im agree with you….u r always right

 
Comment by Jacob
2015-03-30 22:07:22

Navaneeth..

You spoke a lot .. Thanks to your strained efforts to enlighten the people out here..!! If the three year bridge course is implemented with the MCI consent, i.e. meeting all the syllabus & other requirements, there can’t be any objections for bds graduates to take up this course and pass out with a medical degree.. And all are well aware of the facts that pelvis, thorax, abdomen, upper and lower limbs aren’t included in the 1st year bds curriculum.. You don’t need to vomit that out here.. And do mention those stupid medical graduates who pass out from China & practice bullshit medicine in your state where your “KGMOA” is supposed to be regulating and scrutinizing everything.. These morons from china don’t even know to prescribe amoxicillin in the correct dosage.. You sink down to the reality before you blabber shit on the internet..

 
Comment by akankshya
2015-04-11 21:02:56

Dr navneet…..I m a BDS and I concur with your points..
..there needs to be radical change in how we recruit dental students
…. Yes we read medicine….. But we only read it..(if I read for pleasure law ,economic s and other subjects).
…..we do not see actual real surgery trauma patients apart fr om head and neck ……..oral cavity is a window to the systemic health hence the requirement to read but real skill comes from treating patients………interesting point most of my friends after MBBS are enrolled again in coaching centers to fight for a govt seat in speciality……how can u see 3years down the line if u let me do the bridge course….mi won’t end up there……
Yes BDS graduates have it tough but that’s because the mushrooming of pvt dental colleges and no real change in patient education towards dental needs let’s bridge this gap first.

 
Comment by hpholic
2015-06-17 13:41:52

dr.navneeth….
u shud just stop undermining dentists…. obtaining an mbbs degree is not the ultimate victory on earth…

 
Comment by Sunil dutt
2015-08-19 15:35:36

I’m in bds internship, that was completed in few months and want further mbbs bridge course.
Thank u.

 
Comment by krishna
2015-08-25 23:41:09

The above comments make it clear that Dentists actually want to practice Medicine – dentistry course is then just a waste of time! And for sure they will not practice in rural areas as there is pathetic infrastructure!

 
Comment by mbbs aspirant
2015-09-06 12:03:32

good morning doctors, and first of all i am here to remind that 5-8 years back most of us here as doctors and dentist or paramedics are basically a higher secondary student aspiring towards mbbs, but all of a sudden once we get into the seperate medical stream we are fighting for its betterment. this competition is healthy, but we forget the reality. in this country the government medical college is for the reserved groups and the private colleges for wealthier groups, the unreserved ones have to take what remains it may be mbbs, bds, bpharm, etc, . everyone here should understand that healthcare professional are all the same and should work with mutual understanding for the betterment of patients. irrespective of this divisions, there was not much problem in the earlier days when there were less private institutions and these degrees were not sold for lakhs ands crores, though reservations were there in the past but was limited to 4 categories but the present situations in some state is that there are 8-9 categories but only 2-3 pg seats in government colleges. Im not against these reservations but im afraid of its consequences to the unreserved groups in future. I am neither for or against this bridge course as this will not make much difference to the unreserved category. sorry to make this comment sir but its not the bds graduates looking for the nighboors plate , it is the caste and money which snatches the plate from one and give it to other.god please save india from this menace ,,,, thank you

 
Comment by Neha khan
2015-10-02 12:23:24

Can we do bridge course after bds with mds

 
Comment by DR.PERI SRINIVAS RAO
2015-10-05 16:33:05

i am fully agree to allow bds students to do bridge mbbs course to serve the rural people.as most mbbs students recide in the cities to make good money.they have little care for the rural people.

 
Comment by A M Vadodaria
2015-10-09 13:44:07

This is very good suggestion. I agree with you and it will be helpful to India as both practice can be done by same profession in rural area.

When it will be implemented – 2016 onwards ?

 
Comment by Lakme Rebello
2015-11-19 16:10:11

Its s a good direction.Hope it ll come in reality.It would be really helpful for bds graduates…Hoping for this bridge course…

 
Comment by mbbs aspirant
2016-01-07 10:47:32

good morning doctors, and first of all i am here to remind that 5-8 years back most of us here as doctors and dentist or paramedics are basically a higher secondary student aspiring towards mbbs,but all of a sudden once we get into the seperate medical stream we are fighting for its betterment. this competition is healthy, but we forget the reality. in this country the government medical college isfor the reserved groups and the private colleges for wealthier groups, the unreserved ones have to take what remains it may be mbbs, bds, bpharm, etc,. everyone here should understand that healthcare professional are all the same and should work with mutual understanding for the betterment of patients. irrespective of this divisions, there was not much problem in the earlierdays when there were less private institutions and these degrees were not sold for lakhs ands crores, though reservations were there in the past but was limited to 4 categories but the presentsituations in some state is that there are 8-9 categories but only 2-3 pg seats in government colleges. Im not against thesereservations but im afraid of its consequences to the unreserved groups infuture. I am neither for or against this bridge course as this will not make much difference to the unreserved category. sorry to make this comment sir but its not the bds graduates looking for the nighboors plate , it is the caste and moneywhich snatches the plate from one and give it to other.god please save india from this menace ,,,, thank you

 
Comment by mbbs aspirant
2016-01-07 10:51:27

I AM VERY happy to say the points to Identify a young budding dentist or dental student

1. Hairs combed with oil as he doesn’t want to fail in practical exam
2. Expression less mask facies like Parkinson’s not showing expression most of his life even if he is officially ragged by staffs or management or when he says the fees to the troublesomega patients.
3. Un tidy apron, as it gets dirty as he works prothodontics lab all by himself with out any technician as the technicians wont work for 3000 bucks as the dentist does.
4. Wavering talk to patients as he is not about any of special treatments like RCT as it is reserved for pgs in endodontics and most of the time speechless as he is harased in the department for petty things like not cutting nails or not polishing shoes by his staffs.
5. Empty future attitude, as no one in the world teachs orthodontics as all the orthostaffs even teach patients about fixed appliance but not students.
6. Well polished behavior as he is effecient in hiding his department toturing problems in front of the patients, even if the patient doesn’t respect him as he is just for teeth.
7. Tireless working ability without expecting benefits as in most of the colleges especially in deemed university he rights millions of dummy case record for inspection eventhough he gets nothing on inspection days as all the soft and hot beverages are reserved for staffs and inspectors and he gets only the left over snacks in plates.
8. Easily foolable as he is trapped by most of the training course like RCT, Implant, ortho and entrance coaching centre who mint money from him without giving him any confidence or teaching him any thing cclinically.
9. Respectfull attitude as he respect all the health professionals even ward boys and nurses as doctors which most of medical doctors or students dont do.
10. Ready for anything legs which can walk miles and miles without support as even close frtends staffs sees him as a competetor and the medical professionals won’t consider him as a doctor because he didn’t have any reservation seats due to great Indian reservation system as flawed him or he has unfortunately born in forward group which actually is the minority today or his father was not wealthier to buys him mbbs from deemed market for just 90laks.
so God help dental students

 
Comment by Raji
2016-01-08 08:53:17

Well said. Deserving students are not getting seats in the course they want to even with good marks & proven capabilities, also caste alone is not deciding this factor – caste + wealth are deciders. Reservation are taken by wealthy SC/ST/OBC, who term themselves as backward and enjoy the privileges. It is not what they enjoy, it is what country will be deprived off in future. Medicine is an area where you need atmost capable person because errors caused their are almost not rectifiable.

 
Comment by Deepak yadav
2016-04-10 12:17:00

i am a BDS n I am happy with Dentistry !!! : )
and i don’t need your Bridge course…
why should i waste 3 years in bridge course i will rather go for full 5 year MBBS course.

 
Comment by sa hussain
2016-05-18 13:42:12

sir
1)Dentistry is also considered against All india PMT exam only and few ranks differ
2)MBBS & BDS are under same campus in most of universities
3) 3 years is a long duration but the facility must be extended in 2 year of BDS on wards so that
this root is not back entry as they are familiar with Anatomy Part 3 and Part 1&2 are to be covered
4)Except pediatrics & Gynecology etc they are studying the total MBBS subject
5)IITs and IIM s have gone a long way to experiment dual degrees and tailored course curriculum to suit industry requirements also
6)only MCI did not do any improvement in the name of Health and life.Still is there any guarantee to the health.Life of a person after admitting to a Hospital or so called corporate Hospital
7)it is the caste and money which snatches the plate from one and give it to other
8)Meritorious BDS Students can pursue MBBS Whose percentage of marks more than 60 %
9)Doctors should encourage budding BDS students as their class mates
10)There should not be any difference for MBBS and BDS students dress code

 
Comment by Kanika
2016-09-12 14:47:03

I m a bds students I wanTed to do this course this is really awesome it’s very good for bds students it’s a golden chance for us can u tel all the info about this ???

 
Comment by Xyz
2016-10-01 17:22:25

Hello sir, I am an student from.gujarat.I have just got admission in one of the fines colleges for bds in gujarat.Sir,i am not much knowledgable like you sir.I agreed to your some talks that after this proposal even bams and bhms students will ask for such bridge courses,but i want to have a look at scenario what we face after passing 12th.Already there are less seats in medical field , on above of that the reservations cut the seats by 51%, so what happens due to this is that.more talented students couldnt get admissions in mbbs…while the category students get admission easily at lower scores in exams.Unfortunately such general category students who are willing to get admission in mbbs have to enter bds.I am one of them sir.Obviously we cant oppose reservations sir.But these are the few students who have to unfortunately enter bds, such students are ready to even work at rural areas. I think sir such bds students are more talented then the students doing medical in russia,china or somewhere else..!! So sir we could be given atleast ine fair chance..and i believe that this might be fair chance. Sir,please ignore my some statements if they are agressive..i am just an student who passed the 12th exam..i am yet an child…

 
Comment by drdilbag
2016-11-09 10:09:20

What is the process

 
Comment by shailesh Ranjan
2017-04-07 15:08:38

I’m 1st year BDS student .what is the process for bridge cource …Please reply

 
Comment by Dr Sanjay Agarwal
2017-04-17 20:45:02

There is shortage at many places and for many faculties. Are we in mood to replace them by other arrangements like we want to do in Medical fields like MBBS

 
Comment by Aziya
2018-06-21 22:21:35

Is it possible to get mbbs after completing 2 yrs in bds and then write the exam .
Scored good mark and included in the govt merit list.
Can the student able to get the 2 yrs in bds as mbbs

 
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