DCI suggests three year bridge course for BDS graduates to work as MBBS doctors

India: The Dental Council of India (DCI) has urged the Centre to introduce a three-year MBBS bridge course for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) graduates so that they could work as full-fledged MBBS doctors.

If BDS graduates are allowed to pursue and complete the three-year bridge course, they could serve in the rural areas of the country for four to five years, DCI president Prof Dibyendu Majumdar said here today.

“We are awaiting the clearance from the Medical Council of India (MCI) in this connection,”Majumdar said .The DCI , he said, is also trying to convince the central government that much importance was required to be given to oral health care since 40 to 45 per cent of all cancers pertained to the oral cavity alone.

&There is a huge budget for health and the DCI is asking for a separate budget for oral health, Majumdar said while speaking at a programmer, which was held under the aegis of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the Siksha & Anusandhan (SOA), a deemed university.

Majumdar said the India government has already agreed to the DCI’s proposal to allow dental surgeons to give death certificates in case a patient died while undergoing treatment in a dental clinic or hospital.The DCI is making efforts to ensure that the dental students were exposed to lectures by eminent teachers which would be made available to them through the web.”It will not cost the institutions anything as DCI will bear the expenditure,he said.

Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that Dentists may soon become Physicians, as the two apex medical bodies, the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India are in the process of finalizing a bridge course to enable BDS passouts to pursue MBBS in the country.

A special committee has been constituted by MCI under the chairmanship of Dr Ved Prakash Mishra for this purpose. The committee is currently addressing a number of technical issues, including the what will be the coursework and the fact whether dental students will have to undergo another round of internship as per the MBBS curriculum. It also needs to be decided where these bridge pass-outs students will be registered ( MCI or DCI or dual registration ) as well as which council will be entrusted with the operations of running the said course.