GMC Srinagar, GMC Jammu starts DNB courses in seven specialties, more departments likely to get NBE nod
In a bid to strengthen medical education, the two major medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir have started Diplomate in National Board (DNB) courses in different specialties after inspected by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).
The Government Medical College Srinagar has started the DNB courses in five specialties’ and nine more departments have been inspected by the NBE.
Principal GMC Srinagar, Prof Parvaiz Ahmad Shah, said the NBE has approved DNB courses in five super specialties that include respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, surgical gastroenterology, urology and paediatric surgery.
“In these five specialties, ten MBBS students have already joined,” he said.
The development comes nearly a year after the Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department ordered enhancement of various requirements of the NBE.
The medical college has also submitted applications to the NBE to start DNB courses for nine more departments, of which eight have been inspected until last month.
“It is expected that the permission shall be given to start DNB in the applicant departments from the next academics session,” the principal said.
Calling it a major push to the academics and patient care, Shah said it will help in rendering better patient care services with super specialization in these disciplines.
The principal said the departments are involved in research activities with the result new advancements emerging in a particular specialty are adopted.
“The faculty posted in departments is kept abreast with the latest technology of treatment by involving themselves in teaching and training of the DNB students,” he said.
“Residents are able to identify, discuss and communicate the ethical issues involved in the situations arising from time to time,” he said.
The principals also said that they working to overall the academics in GMC Srinagar, an oldest medical college in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are working to meet the parameters of hospitals to get the National Accreditation Board of Hospital (NABH) recognition. In this direction the Super Speciality Hospital, Srinagar is likely to get the accreditation. It is almost completed,” he said.
Similarly, Government Medical College Jammu has also started the DNB courses in urology and cardiology departments for which three candidates have joined.
Nodal Officer DNB Courses, Dr Jitendra Mehta said GMC Jammu’s biochemistry department has also been inspected by NBE and it would be cleared in next two weeks.
“The District Hospital Udhampur is also going to start the course in surgery department. Similarly, the surgery department of district hospital Poonch, and district hospital Udhampur have also been inspected by NBE,” he told Rising Kashmir.
District hospital Gandinagar Jammu is likely to be inspected by the NBE.
On the other side, apart from medical colleges, the H&ME is in process to start DNB courses in eight district hospitals in J&K for which the inspections are pending and are likely to be held in coming months.
Mehta said, as a part of the DNB program, the health department has also appointed 42 nurses, for district hospital Poonch and inspected its surgery department for the course.
He also said under the DNB program, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has approved Rs 4 crore for setting up Intensive Care Units in four district hospitals.