The Medical Council of India (MCI) plans to introduce an Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) degree from the year 2013. This will be a national level examination to raise the credibility of medical practitioners. The council has proposed to introduce two such examinations, one each for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. The tests would ensure quality check among the doctors.
According to reports, IMG test will be conducted two months after undergraduate medical students appear for their MBBS examinations. Appearing for this test would be voluntary and any undergraduate student would be able to take it between the years 2013 and 2016.
The MCI has planned that the test would be made mandatory for all undergraduate students from the year 2017. The Council also propose of having a Master of Medicine (M.Med.) examination for postgraduate medical students that will be a two year course after MBBS.
According to the council's proposal, doctors who have obtained the M.Med degree will become specialist in any field of their choice. These postgraduate students will be trained to enhance their clinical skills rather than basic research.The Medical students who would opt for M.Med will also be able to choose to do a six month long rural stint within the two-year time-frame of the course. M.Med degree holders will also be given additional 5% marks when they apply for a doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of surgery (MS) degree.
The MCI is also paying much needed attention and importance to the one-year compulsory internship that students are required to furnish after they have appeared for their MBBS examination.