Tag Archives: Rural Posting
My excitement knew no bounds that day. As the place I was going to serve in neared, my anticipation reached its zenith. After all, I was visiting a borderland, a place of unique scenic escapades, the countryside seemed luring and there were mountains all around. Mountains where lay my calling.
Nainital, Uttarakhand: Many medicos of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Haldwani have reportedly expressed their reluctance to take up jobs in the medical college as junior residents, but are willing to serve in remote and hilly areas of the state.
Dr Jagdish Prasad is director general, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India. He has also served as the founder principal and professor & chief of cardiac surgery at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and medical superintendent of the associated Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.
“I am a Doctor.” The instant reaction to this statement in a layman’s mind varies from respect, admiration and/or interest to envy! And why not, after all medical practice is one of the most coveted careers in the country. It earns you reverence, money, power and all the good things that come with these. However, what most people fail to see is the intense, rigorous hard work and long years of toil and dedication which goes into its making.
New Delhi: Medical students and senior resident doctors have called off their strike after the union health ministry issued a statement to temporarily put on hold the rural posting criteria to take admission in postgraduate courses. According to the statement, the rural posting will not be mandatory for those appearing in PG entrance examination for the year 2015-16.
New Delhi: The union health ministry has directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) to keep the notification regarding one year mandatory rural posting at a primary health centre (PHC) for MBBS graduates seeking admission to postgraduate medical course in abeyance till further order.
New Delhi: In a significant development on the second day of protest by medical students at Nirman Bhawan here, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad met representatives of government medical college students and the Resident Doctors Associations (RDAs) and gave them a verbal assurance that their demands would be looked into.
[On Dec 17 the Indian Health Minister declared that MBBS students applying for admission to PG medical courses from 2015-16 will have to undertake a compulsory one-year rural posting at a public health centre (PHC), to ‘give back’ to the society. This is a report of later events.]
Although it is very late to be sharing events of the previous year today, I consider that the correct timing of an article is also important for the proper reception and comprehension of their relevance. Especially in the coming days of huge change in the Indian medical school curriculum which is now to involve a one year rural posting, I thought sharing my work experiences in a quasi-rural quasi-urban environment would generate some ideas as to the nature of the challenges that students might face in the outside world we call “Bharat” (an euphemism for the less developed rural/semi-urban areas of India).
The proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations 2000 to make one year rural posting at a PHC (Primary Health Centre) mandatory for a MBBS student to apply for admission in a PG medical course has been approved by the health ministry and is proposed to be implemented from the academic year 2015-16. This was stated in Rajya Sabha by Hon Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad on 17-12-2013.