The Dental Council of India (DCI) has urged Medical Council of India (MCI) to introduce a three-year MBBS bridge course for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) graduates, which will allow them to become full-fledged MBBS doctors. MCI, sources said, is considering the proposal. However, a final decision is yet to be taken.

The country faces a shortage of doctors and if the Centre agrees to the DCI proposal it may increase their availability, which will have a big impact on the health care system, especially in the rural areas, said a DCI member. Also, there are many dentists and dental surgeons who want to practice as general physicians. If dentists are allowed to do MBBS, it will be a win-win situation for all, he argued.

The government has already agreed to the DCI proposal to allow dental surgeons to give death certificates in case a patient dies while undergoing treatment in a dental clinic or hospital.

There has been a mixed response to the DCI’s proposal. Former Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr K.K. Agarwal said this proposal could be explored. Speaking to The Sunday Guardian, he said: “In my view, there is no harm in implementing this proposal. However, this should be bilateral. If a BDS can do MBBS, a full-fledged MBBS should also be allowed to do a course in dentistry.”

A senior practising dentist Dr Devendra Ojha said: “This is an age of specialisation and super-specialisation. If a dentist does MBBS after doing bridge course, it practically has no meaning, unless he does specialisation in some field. A simple MBBS has no value. So it may be a wastage of three years.”

Talking about the shortage of doctors, he said if at all the government is concerned about improving availability of MBBS doctors in the rural areas, it can post the dentists, after giving them a short training of six months or one year. “Out of five years of BDS course, three years are devoted to same subjects which are taught to the MBBS doctors—microbiology, pharma, pathology, general medicine and surgery. These are the common subjects. So a short course will be able to take care of the rural healthcare. There is no need to introduce a three-year course,” said Dr Ojha.

Delhi Medical Association president Dr Ashwani Goyal too expressed his reservation about the proposal. Speaking to this newspaper, he said: “We oppose this proposal as it will be a mockery of the education system. We become MBBS doctors after rigorous training. Why should dentists be allowed to become MBBS? Why are they intere sted in becoming general physicians? They should excel in their own field. I feel they want to make easy money and, therefore, they want to become general physician.”

Replies to “Dental Council wants MBBS bridge course for graduates”

  1. It is not easy to get MBBS seat, but one can get eaily BDS seat and management quota seats forBDS also very very less cost compared to MBBS. Here only we can say BDS is a cheap course. How can you pass this blady proposal that bds can do mbbs via some stupid bridge course. If those people wanna do mbbs let them read nd get seat in neet itself. This is nonsense and this stupid bridge has to be cancelled

    1. BDS is not a cheap course, this shows, u dont hav much knowledge abt it… Even untalented studenrs do mbbs through neet management seats..and talented students do BDS, due to lack of seats in open competition. If u dont consider BDS students to b talented, u need not worry, bcoz they will filtered during PG entrance exams, but i am sure, many talented dentists will clear PG entrance, than unqualified untalented physicians..

  2. Here in last line ( I feel they want to make easy money and, therefore, they want to become general physician.” ) why mbbs doctors not giving medical facilities to village peoples .why they have to travell to cities for their treatments .are city doctors not making money .or are they scared of bds that they can become more good doctors den mbbs …. only mbbs degree not enough .thats ok but at least bds can serve village areas very well den mbbs .

    I know mbbs is not complete widout any specialist .but why mbbs doctors wid (specialist) scared of bds becoming mbbs .

  3. Dear sir,
    Requesting u on behalf of budding dentists, this bridge course should be implemented as soon as possible, bcuz it will benefit all.
    IF people think that dental students are low rankers then what about those students who get admission on the basis of caste reservations. Is it just n proper to give this advantage to them. Plz give concessions in fees not in marks. I am sure most of the people will agree with me but we can’t go against the rules n system.
    In the years to come we will have doctors mainly from caste reservations. I am not against anybody in particular, plz enquire n see how many of these pass in first attempt .
    So in the interest of our future n india’s future this BRIDGE COURSE FROM BDS TO MBBS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED.

  4. Now MCI has been dropped. Medical system is under control of GOI.Please go ahead for BRIDGE COURSE to make BDS as medicine practitioner i.e.MBBS.Then all Indians will take it as most valuable gift from government for society .

  5. Dr. Ashwani sir with all due respect I want to know from Ur side if teeth are not an organ if they are meant to be purchased form random shops as your choths and shoes than why u people act as a god and treat dentist as a non touchables if u people can make a person walk after an accident so we help him to chew so we are no where less than u guys , and it is not our fault that today we are requesting you to accept this golden praposal but this fault is of our education system that we saciality an superspaciality personals are waiting for your approval otherwise why should not dentistry is to to be teach as an post graduate degree after MBBS as other streams Ortho , opthalmology , an many more .

    1. Exactly Dr. I agree with u.Specialy I am also against for dentistry as a seperate course.Being a Dentist I think that we should get a chance to be a general physician also. I Don’t understand why they are opposing this proposal.

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