Illegal 'PG degrees' plague emergency medicine
Masters in Emergency medicine (MEM), a course popular among MBBS students, has been notified by MCI as illegal.
The two main MEM programmes offered include one by the Society of Emergency Medicine of India (SEMI), and the other by various corporate hospitals in conjunction with George Washington University (GWU) in the US.
Currently, about 86 SEMI centres churn out about 350 MEMs each year and 8 GWU-MEM centres churn out about 74 doctors.
The MCI does not allow parallel courses in colleges with MD (PG course) seats to prevent students' training from getting diluted. However, many hospitals and medical colleges running DNB courses are also running MEM courses.
The MCI also has a strict criteria regarding how large a patient load an emergency department needs to start PG specialisation in the discipline. But still, there are many colleges and hospitals where this rule is flouted.
What does this say about the efficiency of our education system, especially medical education?