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To Renew Registration, Docs Will Have To Earn 12 Credit Pts By March

10 January 2012
Pune India

Medical practitioners will have to earn 12 credit points till March for renewing their registrations. For the first time, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has authorised Indian Medical Association (IMA) to conduct the registration process and a series of seminars and continuing medical education programmes have been lined up in January and February for doctors to earn brownie points.

The government’s new guidelines on medical ethics had prompted the MMC to issue a notice to registered medical practitioners to earn the necessary credit hours. Credit points are awarded on the number of continuing medical education programmes held by accredited bodies. While there has been an increased awareness about the new rules, doctors from rural areas find it difficult to attend continuing medical education programmes and there is a move to conduct online programmes for such doctors.

Dr A Shahade, President of the city unit of IMA told Newsline that a meeting will be held on January 15 to chalk out further guidelines for conducting the registrations. “We have 192 units of the IMA across the state and there are over a lakh doctors whose registrations have to be renewed. In Pune district there are over 10,000 doctor,”Shahade said.

Medical science is dynamic and there is no end to learning for a doctor, said Dr Sanjay Gupte, member of the MMC.

Vivek Billampelly, former president of the General Practitioners’ Association said accredited bodies like IMA, GPA and other professional bodies that hold regular continuing medical education programmes have to inform the MMC so that they can validate conference credit hours are based on the composition of the faculty participation, quality and the contents of the subject matter.

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