MUMBAI: Final-year postgraduate medical exams for resident doctors in the state are likely to be postponed to July. Exams are currently scheduled to commence from June 24. A circular issued by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), on Friday, recommended postponing the exams and utilising the services of these doctors till the first-year batch joins college. The circular is based on an advisory issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC) a few days ago.
As NEET-PG is postponed and the conduct of exams and the admission rounds are likely to take at least three months, there is no clarity on when the first-year students will be able to join college. TP Lahane, director, DMER, said that NMC is the apex regulatory body for medical education and they have issued an advisory asking medical colleges to make use of exam-going resident doctors to meet the current shortage of doctors. “The term of exam-going doctors ends on April 30. We have recommended postponement of their exams and extend their term. We will review the situation towards May end and then decide whether to extend their term by one more month,” said Lahane. He added that the state is utilising medical interns and doctors serving bonds, but there may be a shortage in rural areas, if these final-year doctors are relieved.
While exam controller of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Ajit Pathak, said that the state’s proposal will be discussed in the board of examinations, the exam dates remain unchanged as of today. The BMC, meanwhile, extended the term of final-year resident doctors from civic hospitals to May 15. A representative of resident doctors, said that even if the state decides to postpone exams, they need to be relieved 45 days prior to their exam.
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