Accepting the proposal of Dental Council of India (DCI) in principle for allowing bridge course for students of Batchelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) to do three year MBBS, Medical Council of India (MCI) has constituted Joint Study Group (JSG) of MCI-DCI under the Chairmanship of Dr Vedprakash Mishra to specify the guidelines to run the Bridge course from BDS to MBBS. The Committee, under the Chairmanship of Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chairman of Academic Committee of MCI, has chalked out the modalities on which the work is to be done.
Dr Dibyendu Mazumdar, DCI President informed that DCI had brought out a regulation of allowing a student to go for a three years’ condensed course of MBBS after BDS. This will qualify them to also practice general medicine. He was in Nagpur for the 42nd Annual Congress of Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India and Scientifically Sponsored Meeting by EACMFS being held at Empress Palace.
When contacted Dr Vedprakash Mishra about the development of bridge course, he said, “DCI had sent a draft regulation to MCI. It was sent to the academic committee of MCI under my Chairmanship for review. We have reviewed it and pointed out certain shortfalls. Accordingly, a Joint Study Group of representatives from MCI and DCI was formed and I was made Chairman. A meeting in this regard was conducted recently.”
Dr Mishra further said, “The curriculum proposed by DCI is old so we have to modify it. Secondly, MCI has proposed new competency based integrated course that was adopted by council and approved by Government of India. This bridge course proposed by DCI can be included in this integrated one provided that competency need to be incorporated. The contents of MBBS course that are taught to BDS students should need to be find out to get them excluded from the new bridge course.”
Another aspect pointed out by Dr Mishra is this bridge course has not mentioned the point of the internship. As the MBBS student has to do the internship so the student doing this bridge course need to go for the internship of one year. Since BDS is regulated by DCI and MBBS by MCI, the question arises that who would run this bridge course. Dr Mishra committee will study all these modalities for Post-BDS-MBBS bridge course to evolve operational guidelines. Dr Mishra said, “This proposal is good enough.” The committee will be headed by Dr Vedprakash Mishra as Convenor while Dr Keshvan Kutti Nair, Dr R K Sharma will be other members.