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The Medical Council of India (MCI) amended its professional conduct, etiquette and ethics regulations in 2002. It is now compulsory for all practicing doctors to finish 30 hours of Continuing Medical Education in India every 5 years. The doctors have to complete the hours to renew their license, and can earn the credits through seminars and workshops organised by medical institutions in India. However, since this is not legally binding, only about 20 percent of India’s doctors follow the regulat. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Continuing Medical Education in India and the Way Ahead


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Continuing Medical Education in India and the
Way Ahead
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  • The Medical Council of India (MCI) amended its
    professional conduct, etiquette and ethics
    regulations in 2002. It is now compulsory for all
    practicing doctors to finish 30 hours of
    Continuing Medical Education in India every 5
    years. The doctors have to complete the hours to
    renew their license, and can earn the credits
    through seminars and workshops organised by
    medical institutions in India. However, since
    this is not legally binding, only about 20
    percent of Indias doctors follow the
    regulations. Moreover, doctors from rural areas
    are unable to attend CME programmes as they have
    limited access to these courses. According to a
    study by the WHOs Essential Drugs and Medicines
    Policy Department published in September 2002,
    CME opportunities are limited in developing
    countries like India due to a lack of legal or
    other incentives. The rapid developments in
    technology and science and the impending threat
    of new diseases have made it imperative to
    strengthen CME in India.
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  • Continuing Medical Education in India Criteria
  • Many state councils have adhered to the
    guidelines set by the MCI and made CME compulsory
    for doctors in India. Punjab and Kerala, are
    among the first few states that took the lead in
    making CME mandatory in the country. Institutions
    that can conduct CME programmes and issue
    certificates of attendance include all recognized
    medical colleges with medical education units,
    the Indian Medical Association (IMA) or the state
    chapters of the IMA, the National Academy of
    Medical Sciences, national-level specialists
    associations and their state chapters, all
    accredited PG medical institutes in India. As of
    now, CME programmes have been held in many places
    like Mangalore, Madurai, Aligarh, Dharamshala,
    Muzaffarnagar, Nagpur, Patna, Guwahati, Jaipur,
    etc.

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  • In order to conduct a Continuing Medical
    Education In India, there are criteria that needs
    to be followed. For instance, the institute has
    to ensure that the right professionals deliver
    the lectures, workshops or seminars, and
    determine a suitable location. They have to keep
    in mind the category of doctors that the
    programme caters to, and try to prepare the
    schedule and transcripts of the CME programme a
    year in advance. They also have to determine the
    total fee from each participating doctor, as per
    the workshop and material resources. They must
    also ensure that the doctors are informed through
    public channels in advance. Institutes must make
    sure that the doctors are provided with
    educational resources for the programme like
    handouts, types of equipment, slides, etc. They
    must also organize the CME programmes throughout
    the year and also arrange accommodation for
    participants. Organizations conducting CME
    programmes must have a feedback evaluation
    programme and submit a report to the state
    medical councils or the MCI and outline the
    number and category of participants and a report
    of the evaluation of the impact on the CME
    students.
  • As for CME programmes conducted for graduate
    doctors, they must go through sessions that cover
    national health programmes, recent advancements,
    changing systems in treatments, medical insurance
    laws, and consumer protection laws as well as
    record keeping and medical audit. The
    accreditation period is for a year after which it
    has to be renewed again through CME programmes. A
    programme of two days is eligible for 4 credit
    hours, one day programme for 2 credit hours,
    yearly CME distance education courses for 20
    hours and for six-month courses the credit hours
    are ten. There are about 100 to 150 programmes
    held each year in India by Indian physicians
    settled in the US, and the MCI finalises the
    disciplines of the programmes based on the demand
    and the availability of faculty. The hosting
    institutions, the foreign faculty and the council
    work together to conduct these programmes
    successfully.
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  • Why Online Education is the Way Forward for CME
  • There is a severe scarcity of doctors in India,
    as we only have about 1 doctor per 1000
    population, and the quality of medical graduates
    is quite low. Online courses can serve as a means
    to train doctors and upskill them using
    technology. The rural gap can be bridged by
    bringing these programmes to doctors through the
    internet. Online courses offer full-fledged
    programmes as well as online seminars by senior
    faculty and healthcare professionals. The only
    challenge for online CME is accreditation by the
    MCI, and there have to be some changes in this
    regard. However, doctors are warming up to
    cost-effective and high-quality online courses in
    order to upskill themselves. An ongoing issue is
    that doctors lose about 35.10 hours if they earn
    their credits through live CME in comparison to
    online CME. The number of doctors is already low
    and a loss of those hours leads to a loss of
    35.10 million clinical hours (for 1 million
    doctors). Looking at these reasons, embracing
    online CME seems to be a logical step forward for
    India.
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