FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DIABETOLOGY COURSES
1. Is the certificate course recognized by MCI ?
MCI recognizes only the degree courses in India. This recognition is for joining a medical college for teaching purposes only. You do not need MCI recognition for practicing a specialty. There are many Medical colleges in India whose MBBS itself is not recognized by MCI but doctors are allowed to practice anywhere. No fellowship or a certificate course is recognized by MCI in India. Same is true abroad also. These courses train a doctor to take up a specialty subject which he/she can practice later on.
2. What is the duration of the course & which is the ideal course to enroll in?
It is ideal to do the 2 year course if one is post MBBS even though the Rajiv Gandhi Heath University’s ( RGUHS) “Certificate course” is for 1 year. ‘Research Society for Study of Diabetes (RSSDI ) is the National body that governs Diabetes in India. RSSDI’s “Advanced course in Diabetology” is now approved by Jaipur National University from January 2017 batch onwards. This course is for 1 year if the candidate has completed his/her MD in Internal Medicine & is for 2 years if the candidate has completed only his/her MBBS. As of today Diacon Hospital is the only Hospital in the country offering both the courses & is the only Hospital to be recognized by RGUHS (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences) & JNU (Jaipur National University).
3. Can I do both RGUHS & RSSDI courses together after MBBS?
Yes, one after the other but not simultaneously. Both courses start biannually in January and July each calendar year.
4. What is the difference between the 1 year & the 2 year course?
The subject is the same for both & the syllabus is the same for both. It is like DGO/MD or DO/MS. It is always better to do a 2 year course if the candidate is post MBBS as the knowledge of Gen. Medicine is very essential. More time is spent in training the candidates in Gen. Medicine. After all it is said “ If you know Medicine, you will understand Diabetes”. Since Diabetes is a super specialty subject, more training is always good as one has to compete with doctors with DM (endo) or MD (Int. Medicine) later on in life.
5. What is Fellowship course in Diabetology offered by the CURE Trust of Diacon Hospital?
There are many candidates who do not get selected for university recognised courses. However, they will be keen on perusing a specialty course like Diabetology. For such candidates, hospital has decided to run a 1 year fellowship course. There will be no formal examination in this course. Candidates will be evaluated over the period of 1 year when they work. An informal viva-voce will be conducted by senior experts to evaluate the suitability for award of fellowship.
6. Do I get accepted as a specialist after this Course?
One can practice as a specialist anywhere in India. Acceptance depends on our knowledge & how well we learn & practice in this field. Hundreds of doctors are practicing “Diabetology” after MBBS all over the country. Self belief & hard work is what is needed.
7. What is the Fee structure?
Applicable university fee will be collected. For more details contact hospital administrative staff. No donation is collected apart from the university applicable fee. There is no fee for Fellowship (given by the CURE trust of Diacon Hospital)
8. Is there a Stipend?
A stipend of Rs 20,000/- per month during the first year and Rs 25,000/- per month during the second year is being paid at this point of time. All candidates are paid the same amount .
9. Can I leave the course mid way or do my MD after this course ?
Yes, one can leave mid way but is not encouraged as you would have taken a seat which otherwise could have gone to another Candidate. There is also a “Security Bond” to this effect & one has to pay Rs 1,00,000/- per year plus the stipend amount received till then . This is not applicable if the Candidate secures a PG seat recognized by MCI & leaves as a result of this. However, the stipend paid will have to be refunded.
10. What is the best time to apply?
For RGUHS Course : Candidates must apply before the end of November & May to be considered for January and July batches.
For JNU Course : as per the details in the brochure.
11. Is there a Hostel facility?
Yes, a free sharing type of accommodation is available separately for men and women. Apartments have been taken near the Hospital which can accommodate up to 4 doctors comfortably. It is partly furnished. Hospital runs a vegetarian canteen & subsidized food is supplied to all the staff members.
12. Are there any bilateral training sessions planned overseas?
Talks are on to have a bilateral exchange programmes. Foreign medical graduates may also come & train here.