Some MBBS graduates were absent from internship and still, they received postings
Hyderabad: Authorities at Osmania General Hospital have shown worry after complaints that majority of MBBS interns at Government and Private Medical Colleges in Telangana; are allegedly avoiding their internships and still, receiving postings.
As mentioned in a recent report by Deccan Chronicle, many MBBS graduates are pursuing unfair means to secure medical posts without actually doing the internship. They are allegedly using fake internship certificates to get these postings.
The matter surfaced after the Superintendent at the well-known Osmania General Hospital; received a complaint against some MBBS graduates, who were absent from internship and yet received postings.
MBBS students in the state, after completion of their UG course, are supposed to complete their compulsory internships for 1-year tenure in a medical college affiliated hospitals or approved hospitals. For the same, temporary registration certificates are given to the students during their internship tenure. After completion of the internships, the medicos have to show completion certifications to get their degrees and consequently a permanent registration with the Telangana State Medical Council (TSMC).
However, using various illegal tactics to get fake internship certificates, many of the MBBS students are shunning their intern work and are getting postings at medical colleges and hospitals.
In the complaint received by Superintendent Osmania General Hospital, Dr B Nagender, it has been stated that interns, who had to report at the orthopaedics and other departments have not reported for the month of December. Allegedly, some of them have even got their attendance signatures without actually completing an internship.
Providing confirmation to the same, Dr Nagender informed Deccan Chronicle that the medical college authorities are investigating the case. He stated, “We have got the complaint. Reportedly, some students were absent. We have appointed three professors to investigate the issue… In Osmania General Hospital, students undergo only five months internship. After getting a signature from a concerned professor, only the process of getting an internship certificate will be initiated.”
Since many students don’t show up for their intern work; MBBS students, who are actually doing their internship have to bear the burden. Telangana Junior Doctors JAC Chairman Dr PS Vijayender Goud gave an example explaining that if 20 members are posted in a department, and only 8 to 9 members report for an internship, then the workload on them increases. After all, those 8 to 9 interns will be doing the work of 20 members.
Some of the reasons for this internship avoidance suggested by a Professor at a medical college are that the MBBS graduates have to prepare for competitive examinations such as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduation courses, NEET PG or to practice medicine in the United States for which they have to appear for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).