Mangalore: The Dental Council of India (DCI) is proposing a three-year bridge course in MBBS for BDS graduates in a bid to enable them to provide both medical and oral healthcare in rural areas.
Talking to reporters here on Friday, Dr Dibyendu Mazumdar, president, Dental Council of India (DCI), said, “There is a shortage of medical professionals in rural areas. A good number of BDS graduates come out every year. These graduates have already been trained in many aspects of treatment during their five-year course. With a further three-year MBBS course these graduates can meet the requirement of medical professionals in rural areas.”
At the inaugural ceremony of Karnataka State Dental Conference on Friday, DCI vice president Dr Y Bharath Shetty said the council was considering use of the massive resource of health professionals for rural healthcare. “The Medical Council of India might have opposition (for the bridge course) as we will be entering in their domain,” he said. The curriculum (of the bridge course) will be framed and passed in the general body of the DCI before submitting it to the government, he added. [Source: Hindu]