PG Medical Graduates: National Asset

Dr Abhijat Sheth, President, National Board of Examinations, New Delhi


Our healthcare system is at present going through a phase where shortages of doctors and specialist doctors are exceedingly interfering with delivery of healthcare. The GP (General Practitioner) Doctor to specialist ratio is dismal. The crisis gets further compounded by lack of standardization in under graduates (UG) and post graduates (PG) training of doctors. National Board of examination (NBE) is an examination conducting body with prime objective of establishing quality standards of post graduate medical examination.

PG medical education

The post graduate degree awarded by the NBE is called the Diplomate of National Board (DNB). The Board awards Fellowship of National Board (FNB) in various sub-specialties. The list of recognized qualifications awarded by the board in various specialties and super specialties are approved by the Government of India.

The NBE conducts the largest portfolio of examinations in the field of Medical Sciences in the country which now includes NEET PG (National Eligibility and Entrance Examination) in post graduate medical course.

Challenges of the current system

The lack of uniformity in educational resources, low post graduate (PG) to under graduate (UG) medical professional ratio, differing requirements at state health care systems, increasing complexity in the current medical therapies with research …

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