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Amid protests,doctors get more time to meet credit hour requirements

Maharashtra Medical Association (MMC) has decided to extend the deadline for the doctors to May 31 from February 29 previously.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 3, 2012 12:48:52 am

After only 35 per cent of doctors in the state managed to secure the mandatory 12 credit hours of Continued Medical Eduction (CME),the Maharashtra Medical Association (MMC) has decided to extend the deadline for the doctors to May 31 from February 29 previously. Doctors,however,continue to voice their protest against the MMC’s pre-condition of 12 credit hours of CME for their re-registration.

“Doctors have become so desperate to get their credits that they have been attending workshops that are not even part of their specialty. Gynaecologists are attending dermatology workshops. This defeats the purpose of advanced knowledge and skills in one particular field,” said a senior doctor from Sion Hospital.

As per the MMC guidelines,all doctors are to submit their record of a minimum of 12 credit hours for 2012. This requirement has been doubled from last year’s six credit hours.

Doctors can get these credit hours by attending medical seminars and workshops.

Arjun Bal,president of the organisation Association for Consumer Action on Safety and Health (ACASH) ,has written to the MMC asking them to withdraw their condition.

“While the importance of CME cannot be disputed,how will doctors in the rural areas conduct workshops and seminars? Also,no such pre-requisite of CME is mentioned in the Maharashtra Medical Association Act and it is unlawful to deny doctors their registrations for such reasons,” Bal said.

Meanwhile,the MMC has said that it is only following the guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and doctors are must ensure that the requirements are met.

“With so much advancement in the medical field,discussions and research with other doctors is important. 12 credit hours is not asking for much and the doctors should see it with a positive approach,” said a Medical Council of Indiaofficial.

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