VISAKHAPATNAM: The Medical Council of India (MCI) now plans to include a question paper on psychiatry for all MBBS students, said vice-chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences I V Rao at the annual conference of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatrists, (Andhra Pradesh chapter) held in the city for the first time.
“At present only lectures are delivered on the subject in the MBBS curriculum. So the MCI plans to introduce the subject in the MBBS exam with mandatory minimum marks for passing because it’s an important discipline and significant in the present scenario,” he said.
Director of medical education (DME) Vishnu Prasad called upon private medical colleges to improve the bed strength in the department of psychiatry in their hospitals. “In the government set-up, there are only two hospitals in the entire state (the Government Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad, and the Government Hospital for Mental Care, Visakhapatnam) that cater to mentally ill in-patients. With psychiatric ailments increasing and almost one fourth of medical conditions found to be linked to psychiatric complications, we need more beds in the private hospitals to house such patients,” he said.