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MCI to initiate MD in Family Medicine


MCI to initiate MD in Family Medicine

Puducherry: In earlier times, one’s family physician held a prominent place in the day to day health problems of a family,whether it was grandpa’s giving away knee joints or the grandchild’s running nose. Ones family physician was ones family confidante. With passing time that picture seems to have changed. With the rising role of specialization in Medicine, the  the healing  touch of the family physician, seems to be gradually dying.

The Medical Council of India in an effort to revive the warmth and culture of this age old relationship between a family and its physician, has decided to roll out an MD course in Family Medicine.

Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal University, Karnataka, delivering the 9th Graduation Day address at the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), made an official announcement to this effect.

Dr.Ballal said  the earlier concept of the family physician, apart from being the first point of contact in medical issues, but also being like a member of the family, giving guidance on various other issues, as well, has been gradually disappearing. He said it was keeping this tradition in mind, that the MCI was planning to start  an MD in Family Medicine.


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  1. Unfortunate DR Balal aware or not mci has family medicine MD for 5 years,since 2012
    Family medicine MD is in MCI,there are two colleges has this course,
    Calicut kerala and CMC in vellure in 2017,
    we need FM in all colleges in INDIA,Family medicine MD
    usa has 15 % Medical graduates are in FM,
    USA has 3340 PG every in FM
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5084540/
    there are 60,000 MBBS seats in INDIA
    we need 15 %
    9000 should be in FM MD

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    Balbhadra Dhagat August 31, 2016, 11:14 am

    Currently abot 100 DNB (Family Medicine) seats are already available under the NBE at multi-specialty hospitals. GMC, Kozhikode is the lone Medical College offering MD (Family Medicine). Family medicine component does not exist in the MCI-prescribed MBBS course. MCI regulation of the Graduate Medical Education states that “the Obstetrics & Gynecology training will include family medicine, family welfare planning etc”.

  3. This is a silly decision.Instead of supporting and empowering the primary care physician in India these guys are coming up with a separate cadre.What about those thousands of MBBS and hunfreds MD Community Medicine doctors who even don\’t have a decent job.
    In fact this is just a immature decision. AIIMS talksbof integrating the Family and Community Medicine drpts and these talk of separating these two depts.In fact this is just another myopic view of our policy makers and this goes to show that nobody has a vision of Universal health care for all.

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    Please. Srinivas August 30, 2016, 2:25 pm

    Long overdue move. Good to bring family physician back into the medical system. He/she plays a pivotal role in the society.