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NMC releases new guidelines for MD Laboratory PG training

by Shalini Bhardwaj

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has released guidelines for a new competency based post graduate training programme for MD in Laboratory Medicine.

After the replacement of the MCI with NMC, the latter issued guidelines that will dictate the course functioning.

In its preamble, NMC wrote, ” Clinical management of patients today is highly dependent on the results of laboratory investigations which has seen rapid advances in technology and automation. The presence of a Central laboratory to handle the majority of laboratory investigations, quick receipt of quality investigation reports, and access and availability of laboratory physicians in the Laboratory Medicine Department to consult helps the consulting clinician in the rapid diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients.”

It added, “The MD in Laboratory Medicine course would assist in bringing newer techniques from research to the diagnostic level.”

According to the council, the MD laboratory medical curriculum conforms to the 3-tier laboratory concept of an ideal tertiary care hospital attached to a medical college / institute. Tier I is related to the laboratory medicine department itself. Tier II incorporates specialty laboratories of Pathology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Hematology, Endocrinology and Immunology departments. Tier III is the high-end research facility laboratory in the medical college hospital.

The creation of an MD laboratory medical course will help the laboratory availability of both physicians and patients, thus helping physicians in the treatment and management of patients first contact.

The document released by the NMC lays down the syllabus, subject specific competencies and learning objectives, teaching and learning methods associated with the course, the assessment criteria as well as important reading material that the qualifying pg candidate will need to demonstrate as clinical, teaching and research skills.

To download the document, visit the following website :

https://www.nmc.org.in/MCIRest/open/getDocument?path=/Documents/Public/Portal/LatestNews/final%20Guidelines%20MD%20Laboratory%20Medicine.pdf