Final year MD/MS exams put off to August 16

Final year MD/MS exams put off to August 16

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MUMBAI: Final year MD/MS exams, scheduled from June 24, have been postponed to August 16. This is the second time exams have been postponed. While final year resident doctors are also deputed on Covid duty, they will have to be relieved 45 days prior to exams. The state plans to continue using doctors serving bonds and medical interns, once final year doctors are relieved.

Minister of medical education Amit Deshmukh said written and practical exams will be conducted by following safety rules prescribed for Covid-19. He said students can use admit cards to travel to exam centres. A decision will be taken later on students who test positive before exams.

Dr T P Lahane, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, said postgraduate medical aspirants, now serving bonds, will continue to work till the central government conducts NEET-PG. The state will also use medical interns. There will not be any shortage of manpower, he said.

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Final year exams were postponed following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state and the postponement of NEET-PG for admissions to MD/MS courses. Only after the first year batch joins college, the final year doctors are relieved from duties. With the central government postponing NEET-PG till August 31, the centre had directed states to make use of the services of final year doctors till the new batch joins. The doctors are usually relieved from duties on April 30. Now they will continue till June-end. A representative of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors said cases have dropped in most regions and requirement of manpower too. “Government must not postpone the exams,” he said.

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