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NMC issues guidelines for competency based PG training programme for M.Ch in pediatric surgery

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued guidelines for competency based postgraduate training programme for M.Ch in paediatric surgery.

The aims and objectives of M.Ch. training should be to train candidates with knowledge in surgical sciences and an aptitude to care for neonates and children with specific knowledge, skills and attitudes in the specialty of paediatric surgery.

M.Ch in Paediatric surgery involves the surgery of children, foetuses, infants, adolescents, and young adults and it is 3-year full time postgraduate course.

The aim of course is to produce pediatric surgeons who are capable of setting a standard and demonstrate commensurate expertise in the field.

NMC added that the training should aim to facilitate the candidate’s acquisition of a judicious mix of the three domains of learning that will be practiced ethically such as cognitive domain (knowledge), Psychomotor (practice) and affective (communication).

The trainee pursuing M Ch. in paediatric surgery course must acquire the following evaluations and skills - procedural and non-procedural skills - in the management of surgical diseases of children.

The post graduate student should be able to perform a uroflowmetry and cytometry with standard precautions and interpret the results real time.

“While teaching others in a clinical care unit, ensure team work and establish a pediatric surgical unit and establish effective communication with the caregivers of the patient including counseling and terminal care. Be conversant with the embryology, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of common neonatal and paediatric surgical problems - elective or emergency,” added NMC.

At the end of the training, the student should be able to describe, discuss, analyse and present pathogenesis, clinical presentations, differential diagnosis, diagnostic approach, roles of specific diagnostic tools, interpretation of the test results, management options (both non-operative and surgical), indications for surgery, preparation for surgery, peri- and post-operative management, surgical steps, complications and their management, outcomes (short and long - term) of the various congenital and acquired pathologies in each system.

The National Medical Commission aim is to improve access to quality and affordable medical education, ensure availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals in all parts of the country; (promote equitable and universal healthcare that encourages community health perspective and makes services of medical professionals accessible to all the citizens; encourages medical professionals to adopt latest medical research in their work and to contribute to research; objectively assess medical institutions periodically in a transparent manner.


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