After getting accreditation from National Board of Examination (NBE), the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital (LMCH) Ludhiana became the first civil hospital in the state to start postgraduate program for medical students.
Claiming it is as a landmark achievement for the LMCH Ludhiana, the program officer Dr Pardeep Sharma stated that, the NBE has given accreditation to admit two students in Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a three-year post graduate degree course.
First student Nidhi Khushwah from Alwar district of Rajasthan has joined the course on Friday. Senior medical officer of the hospital, Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar said, “It is a proud moment for the hospital staff and entire city that a postgraduate medical course has started here.”
The LMCH has signed an agreement with Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana where the students will be taught and they will practice at LMCH during the period of medical course.
It is learnt that despite the odds, the LMCH got approval to start this course. Punjab principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare Vini Mahajan had given instructions to the district civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal for taking required measures to start this course. Chhatwal gave the delegated the task to Dr Pardeep Sharma who along with the efforts of other doctors made it possible to start the postgraduate medical course.
Sharma said the National Board of Examination is an alternative system for the hospitals where the medical colleges are not available but teaching is possible.
The government of India has made a policy so that district government hospitals can be converted into teaching hospitals. Following West Bengal, Punjab has taken initiative to start this course at LMCH where a large number of patients visit daily.
A large number of patients visit LMCH but there was a need of teaching staff, a library, hitech laboratories, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans and other facilities to start this course.
“We met the director of CMCH Dr AG Thomas and informed him about our proposal. The CMCH authorities gave a nod to support us without charging any penny. Dr Jatinder Kaur, assistant professor at CMCH will be teaching the students,” he said.
Retired professors of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Dr BK Gill and Dr Mohini Sood will also guide to the students, Dr Pradeep Sharma added.
The National Board of Examination will conduct the examinations for this course. The annual fee for the course is around `80,000 while each student will get `40,000 per month as stipend for providing services at the hospital.
“Students will be given free accommodation at the hospital and Wi-Fi service. We are also signing an agreement with students specifying that, they will have to continue their work with the department for next five years after completion of course, Dr Sharma said.