The National Institution for Transforming India, also known as NITI Aayog, has recently proposed a Bridge Course that will reduce the gap between MBBS and BDS. With the successful completion of this bridge course, Dentists will be able to start practising family medicine as well.
The decision was taken based on the fact that the initial 3 years of dental courses in India have the same curriculum and training as MBBS courses. The proposal aims to enable Indian dentists to expand their scope and serve in the ‘primary health care’ sphere. A meeting on this topic was held on 9th April at the PMO by Niti Aayog, a policy think tank of the Indian Government. Currently, the proposal is being evaluated by the Union Health Ministry and the National Institution for Transforming India. The decision is an effort to create a larger number of mid-range medical practitioners in India. The primary goal is to address the severe lack of qualified doctors in the country, particularly in rural regions.
It is reported that the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI) have been considering the formation of a similar bridge course for some years now. The next meeting is scheduled to be held on 22nd April 2019 to discuss the issue further.