According to the National Medical Commission (NMC), all MD or MS students must complete a three-month posting at a district hospital starting with the class of 2021.
The District Residency Programme (DRP) is also required for students accepted into private medical colleges and deemed universities, according to the NMC in a letter to the Director of the Directorate of Medical Education of all States and Union Territories and the Principal/Dean of all Medical Colleges/Medical Institutions of India.
The National Level Steering Committee, which is chaired by the President of the Post Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB), announced its decision and urged all parties involved to act accordingly.
DRP is a brand-new programme, therefore it will be flexible based on the needs, and suggested changes to the regulations as needed, it stated.
So that they can be reached on call, resident doctors must be housed on the district hospital campus or within a 2-3 km radius. According to the NMC letter, the concerned state and UT are required to provide this arrangement.
In light of the approaching final year exams, the NMC reported that it has received representations from students admitted in the year 2020 asking to be excluded from DRP.
In accordance with the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulation 2000 (PGMER-2000), PG students with a wide range of specialties are required to complete a three-month District Residency Programme (DRP) in the district health system.
The announcement including these provisions was made on 16 September 2020. The DRP hasn't been put into practise yet, according to the NMC letter, though, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The District Residency Program has been made required in district hospitals for 3 months in accordance with the rules, and the NMC said that student rotation must take place during the third, fourth, or fifth semester of the postgraduate programme.