Guwahati, March 29: Gauhati Medical College and Hospital has received the Medical Council of India (MCI) nod to introduce postgraduate courses in emergency medicine and pulmonary medicine this year.
A team of council officials had made an inspection visit to the college recently, following which the latter was allowed to introduce the two courses during the coming session. Two postgraduate seats will be made available in each of these courses.
The premier medical college also happens to be the first in the Northeast to introduce the said courses.
An application requesting permission to open a similar course in nephrology is pending with the council and the college administration is hopeful that this, too, will materialise in the near future.
A team from MCI had recently visited our college for inspection. An inspection team checks whether a medical college has the required infrastructure in place to start a postgraduate degree in a particular discipline. To have postgraduate courses in pulmonary medicine and emergency medicine, presence of an emergency operation theatre, intensive care unit and a library is a must. Since our hospital fulfilled these requirements, we have been allowed to introduce these courses, GMCH principal Dr Kabul Chandra Saikia said.
We had also applied to the MCI for permission to open a postgraduate course in nephrology and are hopeful that a team from the council will soon arrive for inspection. Having postgraduate courses in emergency medicine, pulmonary medicine and nephrology will benefit the medical students as well as the medical profession in general as we will be able produce specialists who will be able to use their expertise in treating the patients here. And if the patients receive advanced treatment here, they need not travel to other states, he said.
In the two new courses, 50 per cent seats will go to students who crack the MCI-conducted National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for Medical Postgraduate Courses and the remaining 50 per cent to students who crack the state-level Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination conducted by Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences.
In both these disciplines, one seat will be secured by a student who succeeds in the national-level medical entrance test and the other seat by a student who succeeds in the state-level entrance test. The national-level entrant may or may not be from the state, Saikia said.