MCI to assess a proposal on bridge course for dentists that allows them to double up as general doctors

A functionary at the DCI insisted that the move, when it comes through, will mean benefit for both dentist and general doctor fraternities.

Published: 21st July 2018 10:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2018 10:01 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: India's medical education regulator has agreed to consider a proposal by the Dental Council of India to introduce a bridge course for dentists that will allow them to double up as general physicians.

DCI has floated the proposal after being urged by a number of dentists and dental surgeons who are interested in pursuing course that make their qualification equivalent to MBBS doctors, its senior office bearers said.

"We have taken up the proposal to the Medical Council of India and are hoping for a positive outcome. If we get a green signal, we will design, along with MCI members, the course structure and detailed curriculum for the bridge course," said Jayakar Shetty, vice-president of the DCI.

Another functionary at the DCI insisted that the move, when it comes through, will mean benefit for both dentist and general doctor fraternities.

"Many dentists and dental surgeons want to practice as general physicians and on the other hand, there is an acute shortage of doctors in the country. So it will be a win-win situation for everyone," he said.

"Also what BDS and MBBS students study in first three years is same-so it makes sense to introduce such a course."Vedprakash Mishra, chairman of the undergraduate committee at the MCI said that the proposal will be taken up by the governing body of the council and its merit will be "assessed".

He added that the proposal will also be discussed with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is pertinent to mention here that the National Medical Commission draft bill, that proposes to replace the MCI with a 25-member Commission, had a provision of a short-term course for AYUSH doctors which would have allowed them to practice modern medicine.

The clause, however, was later dropped following a massive outrage by doctors, particularly Indian Medical Association-a body that represents large number of private doctors in India. In a later version of the bill, that is likely to be tabled in the parliament in the ongoing session, the government has left the decision of introducing the bridge course for AYUSH on states.

IMA, meanwhile, is opposed to the DCI idea too."We believe that any move to allow anyone who has not done the MBBS course to practice as doctors would be preposterous and will mean permitting backdoor entry to fulfil an unaccomplished ambition as becoming an MBBS doctor is not easy in India," said a senior IMA member.

"It is misleading to say that initial curriculum of BDS, MBBS or any other form of medicine is same as in the first few years all students of any branch of medicine are taught human physiology and anatomy. And those are bound to remain same for any stream."

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  • Satish

    This bridge course is good
    1 month ago reply
  • Mary Papade

    all BDS doctors first they tried for MBBS only. they didn't get the seat for mbbs the second option was BDS. anyway if this bridge course will implement it will very good for dentist.
    1 month ago reply
  • dinakar

    The bridge course for BDS students to study MBBS is always benefit to the country... MCI and Govt of India should clear the proposal immediately and to start the academic session from 2019...
    1 month ago reply
  • Jyotsna Rana

    Kindly expedite as nowadays no better scop for BDS so this will be very helpful decision.
    3 months ago reply
  • BHALCHANDRA

    Take fast decision on bridge course for BDS to MBBS
    3 months ago reply
  • Rema C S

    Please implement as early as possible.
    3 months ago reply
  • aditya

    For all those opposing the bridge course, agreed that it is difficult to become MBBS docs in India. Totally! Because the deserving candidates are sitting in dentistry given our reservation system where a person with rank 5000 for example is given more preference than a person with rank 2000 in seat selection, why? because the one with a HIGHER rank in terms of numbers is from a particular section of the society.
    4 months ago reply
    • Kaila sreenadhudu

      Sir
      21 days ago reply
  • SA HUSSAIN

    Sir MCI plate is heavier than Dental ones. India need more doctors but politicians have to take decisions in this country than professionals it is always good tha dentist becoming mbbs'
    4 months ago reply
  • Pratap

    Give permission for bridge course to BDS doctors because doctor not available in rural areas.
    4 months ago reply
  • dilip kumar

    if dentist got government job then why he becomes mbbs because I am proud as e dentist.government policy make dentist so seek.
    4 months ago reply
  • Balbirsingh

    Very good decision for dentist doctors
    4 months ago reply
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