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Collecting credit hours to renew licences proving hard for doctors

A rule for collecting credit hours by attending seminars for renewal of licences is proving difficult for many doctors in the state who complain that the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has not ensured a system that will help doctors complete the requirement.

mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2012 01:34 IST
Menaka Rao

A rule for collecting credit hours by attending seminars for renewal of licences is proving difficult for many doctors in the state who complain that the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has not ensured a system that will help doctors complete the requirement.

The deadline for submission of applications for renewal of licences is February 29.

Last December, after the MMC election, the elected representatives issued a notice that made it mandatory for doctors to complete 12 credit hours for renewing their licences. Doctors can gain credit hours by attending seminars and conferences, which are a part of Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes.

Opposing this credit system, Dr Avinash Deshpande, a resident of Aurangabad, filed a petition in the Bombay high court seeking a stay on the December notice and making it mandatory for the MMC to publicise CMEs among all its members. The case will be heard on February 21.

“I am not opposed to the rule of attending CMEs. But as a general physician, I ended up attending two programmes last month— one on cancer surgery and another on latest technology related to allergies. What is the point of this kind of education?” said Dr Deshpande.