What’s in a name? Anomalies in medical degrees

N Manjunatha

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.024


Of the many medical degrees available in our country, this letter focuses on the anomaly in two medical degrees (MD/DM), both of which expand into Doctor of Medicine, according to the Medical Council of India(MCI). The MCI offers DM/MCh and the National Board of Examinations offers DNB (super-specialty), both as super-specialty medical courses. The MD courses are available in three and two years for MBBS and post-diploma candidates, respectively. The duration of the DM is six, five or three years; six or five years for candidates with an MBBS, and three years for MD candidates. In this way, the MD and DM are at lower and higher levels, respectively, in the medical hierarchy.

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