Medical Council of India’s amended qualifications for Indian medical teachers: Well intended, yet half-hearted

Sunita VS Bandewar, Amita Aggarwal, Rajeev Kumar, Rakesh Aggarwal, Peush Sahni, Sanjay A Pai

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2017.104


Abstract

The Medical Council of India (MCI) must be commended for its efforts to introduce definitive criteria for appointments and promotions for teachers in medical institutions. On June 8, 2017, the MCI issued a circular to amend the Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998 (henceforth Regulations, 1998). The amendment clarifies the minimum qualifications required for various postgraduate teaching positions in medical colleges. It indicates MCI’s sustained engagement with qualifications of teachers in medical colleges, with the aim of enhancing the quality of teaching and thereby the quality of medical professionals passing out. However, we believe that these efforts continue to be inadequate in addressing the varied issues that face medical education and the educators in India.

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