Medical Commission abolishes supplementary exams, introduces 'Save A Year’ exams

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New Delhi: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has reviewed its guidelines regarding clinical training for medical students. Now, MBBS students would have clinical training classes from first year onwards.

Until now, the first-year students had theory classes in Physiology, Anatomy and Biochemistry. The clinical training, wherein medical students interacted with patients to gain first-hand experience, commenced only after that.

Other changes
The NMC has proposed many changes in the training methods for the 2021 – 22 batch. Earlier, the first year of study was reduced from one-and-a-half years of training to 14 months. Now, it has been further reduced to just 12 months. However, it would be 14 months for the upcoming batches.

The supplementary exams that were held every six months, besides the regular exams, have been cancelled. Instead, ‘Save A Year’ exams would be conducted immediately after the results are announced. Those who do not score enough marks to pass in the regular exams can attend the ‘SAY’ exam and continue their studies with their respective batches. This would put an end to the ‘add batch’ (repeater batch) method.

However, those who do not pass the ‘SAY’ exam have to wait for another year to attend the exam again. Some papers would be electives that require in-depth study.

Practical training by adopting a family in the rural area, yoga and continuous evaluation too would be part of the syllabus.   

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