Fwd: IAPSM support....
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From: Saishankar Prathap <prathapss@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Subject: Re: IAPSM support....
To: Puneet Misra <doctormisra@...>, skant76@..., udaycon1@..., drcpmishra@..., sangeetakansalbhu@..., Annarao Kulkarni <shrikulk55@...>, "samson.nallapu" <samson.nallapu@...>, Nirmal Verma <drnirmalverma@...>, Chandrakant Lahariya <c.lahariya@...>, "DR.S.K. Rasania" <skrasania@...>, sbaidya_4@..., Palash Das <palashdasdr@...>, ojasrainasunil@..., Anmol Gupta <dranmol1964@...>, sonu_psm@..., Ravi Shankar <drrshankar1@...>, drranjana.tiwari50@..., Secretary General IAPSM <secygeneraliapsm@...>
Cc: "DR.MOHAN DOIBALE" <doibale@...>, Rajesh Kumar <dr.rajeshkumar@...>, medihealthsynergies <medihealthsynergies@...>, Jugal Kishore <drjugalkishore@...>
Respected honorable members of the IAPSM Governing Council,It will not matter whether you choose to reply this mail or not, but it will definitely matter if you continue to maintain your silence over important issues of the specialty of Community Medicine. There has been repeated onslaught on the specialty of Community Medicine which is demeaning the specialty, be it in the form of:1) internship period reduced from 3 months to 2 months in community medicine for MBBS pass-outs - when we know that MBBS is aimed at producing a basic doctor who is competent to manage PHC.2) community medicine is labelled as a non-clinical speciality, when we all know that there is clinical component.3) a separate course MD-Family Medicine is launched and people are encouraged to join them by MoHFW and MCI....though IAPSM believes (at least once believed) that Family Medicine is a part of Community Medicine.I request you all to act urgently on the issues raised above, with the hope that IAPSM is meant to safeguard the interests of the specialty of Community Medicine. As of now, IAPSM has been playing a restricted role of facilitating annual conference and running a quarterly journal.SincerelyDr.Sai Shankar PrathapLife member, IAPSMOn Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM, Saishankar Prathap <prathapss@...> wrote:
Respected honorable members of IAPSM Governing Council,
This mail is being sent with the assumption that IAPSM is meant for safeguarding the interests of the speciality of Community Medicine.
Community Medicine is mentioned as a clinical speciality in the MS/MD curriculum of JIPMER and in the PG prospectus of AIIMS and in few other universities. However many universities and institutions have mentioned Community Medicine as a non-clinical/para-clinical speciality. In Andhra Pradesh, the NTRUHS mentions Community Medicine as a non-clinical speciality, and when the AP State Chapter of IAPSM-IPHA approached the university authorities to reclassify it as clinical, they denied doing so, stating that they want clear-cut instructions written to them from MCI.
Accordingly, the Andhra Pradesh State Chapter of IPHA-IAPSM had sent a representation to MCI on 11-09-2012 citing reference of MCI's Graduate Medical Education Regulations of 2012 requesting it to issue written instructions to Vice Chancellor and Registrar of NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada to reclassify Community Medicine as a clinical speciality in their prospectus/notifications/website. The reply letter from MCI dated 25-10-2012 mentioned that Graduate Medical Education regulations of 2012 have not yet gone into the Gazette and is only a draft and so it is not valid as of then to make any changes based on it.
However, all the versions of MCI's Graduate Medical Education regulations, right from 1997 including all its amendments (latest version Amended upto February 2012) also explicitly mentioned Community Medicine as a clinical speciality.
The examination relevant section of these regulations clearly mentions Community Medicine under Third Professional Part (i) Clinical Subjects.
This version has gone into the Gazette and can be seen in the website of MCI -
(The pdf version of these regulations, which was downloaded earlier from the website of MCI, is attached to this email. See pages 58-59 of this pdf version)
Though the Andhra Pradesh State Chapter of IPHA-IAPSM had sent another letter on 12-11-2012, citing these regulations as reference, it had received no response from MCI so far.
Letters of correspondence between AP State Chapter of IPHA-IAPSM and MCI and the MCI GME 1997 regulations ammended upto February 2012 are attached to this email.
I reiterate that this mail has been sent to the honorable members of the IAPSM Governing Council with the assumption that IAPSM is meant to safeguard the interests of the speciality of Community Medicine.
I hope to get a reply from all those who are committed to work in the interests of the speciality......that is, from EACH ONE OF YOU and request you to support the AP State Chapter in this issue. Community Medicine should be categorized as a clinical speciality all across the country uniformly, and IAPSM must raise this voice and make it heard convincingly to MCI.
Requesting your support for this cause once again, and anticipating an early and positive reply...
Thanks and regards
Dr.Sai Shankar Prathap
Mobile: +91 9440937678