The Medical Council of India has granted in-principal nod to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) to start a super-speciality course of doctorate of medicine (DM) in critical care,making it the first institute in north India to start such a course.
With critical care medicine only recently being recognised as a separate branch of super-specialty in medical science,the course is expected to open new vistas for research.
Apart from SGPGI,Tata Memorial Centre,Mumbai,St Johns National Academy of Medical Sciences,Bangalore,and a private hospital in Chennai have also got the nod to start the DM course in critical care medicine.
On the new course,Prof AK Baronia,head of department of critical care medicine at SGPGI,said that till date patients of departments such as surgery or medicine were treated by experts of that particular branch. However,critical care as a branch needs more research and can extend holistic treatment for patients from any of these branches. In order to develop the branch as a separate super-specialty,a DM course is the first step.
Prof Baronia said patients needing neuro-surgery,cardio-vascular and thoracic surgeries kept out of the purview of critical care medicine will now be included.
Having received more than 50 applications,the institute will begin the course by September 30,for which an entrance test will be held on August 25 and 26,Baronia added. Doctors who have completed PG in any branch of medical science are eligible for the course.