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Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma,
Chairman, National Medical Commission


SUB: Requests inclusion of Family Medicine as a mandatory department in the 'Minimum Requirements for Annual M.B.B.S. Admissions Regulations, 2020 to fulfill NMC requirement of Chapter V, 24(1)c, 25(1)J and Chapter VIII, 57(2)(p).

• 24 1 (c) develop competency based dynamic curriculum for addressing the needs of primary health services, community medicine and family medicine to ensure healthcare in such areas, in accordance with the provisions of the regulations made under this Act; (d) frame guidelines

• 25 (1)(j) promote and facilitate postgraduate courses in family medicine.

• 57 (2)(p) the curriculum for primary medicine, community medicine and family medicine under clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 24; "


Dear Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma


Thank you for Leading National Medical Commission improving Medical education in India.

As per the National Medical Commission (NMC) act 2019 sections 24 (1) c, 25 (1) J, 57 (1)), Undergraduate Medical Education Board shall develop competency based dynamic curriculum for addressing the needs of primary health services, community medicine and family medicine to ensure healthcare in such areas, in accordance with the provisions of the regulations made under this Act . Also it mentions to promote and facilitate postgraduate courses in family medicine.

Family Medicine MD was introduced by MCI in 2012 but only seven medical colleges developed Family medicine Departments and postgraduate MD courses out of 595 medical colleges 13 seats available in India even after 10 years. United Kingdom promoting 50% of all medical graduates General Practice post graduate (Family medicine) . USA has 13% of their medical graduates 4,823 in Family medicine Post graduates seats out of 35194 PG seats. By making MD program in Family Medicine widely available, this new generation of Family Medicine postgraduates can provide a comprehensive medical and surgical care to the communities in the rural, suburban and urban areas. All the members in a family can get benefitted from attending one Family Medicine post graduate doctor’s facility instead of going to 4 or 5 different specialists.

This can only be fulfilled by making mandatory Family medicine department by National Medical Commission (NMC) . This will make all the medical colleges have family medicine department and dedicated faculty to teach family medicine curriculum as per NMC Gazette requirements. Having a separate family machine department will also promote medical students to pursue post-graduation courses in family medicine which will produce a diverse family medicine workforce that meets the health needs of the community.

Looking forward for a favorable response. Thank you for your consideration in advance to have mandatory Family medicine department to promote facilitate postgraduate course in family medicine.


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