Vishakhapatnam: Diplomate in National Board (DNB) Practical examination has found a home in the Andhra Medical College, where it shall be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).
Andhra Medical College has become the place of choice, as it has all the super specialties running, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, T. Ravi Raju, told Hindu on Sunday. The college will be the examination centre for 12 super specialties and branch specialties.
“The recognition will provide an opportunity to our medical students to interact with their counterparts from various parts of the country and learn from their experiences,” said Dr. Ravi Raju.
A DNB examination centre has been allocated to the state of Andhra Pradesh for the first time prior its bifurcation.
Diplomate of National Board (DNB) is the title awarded by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), an autonomous academic body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to candidates who successfully complete their postgraduate or postdoctoral medical education under it.
In 1975, the Government of India established the National Board of Examinations, an autonomous organisation Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the prime objective of conducting postgraduate and postdoctoral courses of high and uniform national standard in various disciplines of modern medicine and allied sciences on an All-India single point entrance basis. The Board conducts its postgraduate and postdoctoral programmes in teaching hospitals accredited by it and in medical colleges accredited by the Medical Council of India.
The degrees are recognised by the Government of India and a Gazette order is published for the same. Also, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued notification mentioning that DNB should always be considered equivalent to MD/MS/DM/MCh.
As a general rule, failure rate for final year DNB exams are higher than their MD or MS counterparts. This is especially true for General Surgery,Internal Medicine,Anaesthesiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Pathology and Family Medicine.The name of the degree awarded by the National Board of Examinations is called “Diplomate of National Board” (DNB). The list of recognised qualifications awarded by the Board in various broad and super specialties as approved by the Government of India are included in the first schedule of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
The DNB qualifications awarded by the National Board of Examinations have been equated with postgraduate and postdoctoral qualifications awarded by other Indian universities for all purposes, including appointment to teaching posts.
List of Broad specialties that come under DNB
Three-year postgraduate residency programme is available in the following broad specialties:
- Anaesthesiology,2. Anatomy, 3. Biochemistry, 4. Dermatology, 5.Emergency medicine, 6.Family Medicine,7. Field Epidemiology 8. Forensic Medicine, 9. General Medicine, 10. General Surgery,11. Health Administration (including Hospital Administration),12.Immunohematology & Transfusion Medicine, 13. Maternal and Child Health, 14. Microbiology, 15.Nuclear Medicine, 16. Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 17. Ophthalmology,18.OrthopedicSurgery,19.Otorhinolaryngology,20.Paediatrics,21.Pathology,22.Pharmacology, 23.Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,24. Physiology, 25. Psychiatry, 26. Radio Diagnosis, 27. Radio Therapy, 28. Respiratory Diseases,29.Rural Surgery,30.Social and Preventive Medicine.