The Medical Council of India has revised the feeder qualifications of six super specialty courses. Feeder qualification for 2 DM (Doctor of Medicine) and 4 MCh courses (Master of Chirurgie) has been revised through an amendment to the older regulations Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000 and are effective from April 1, 2019.
The council has removed many other redundant qualifications which act as prior requirements to various DM and MCh courses through a gazette notification.
Following the amendment, candidates with MD in General Medicine or Radiation Oncology can now pursue DM (Medical Oncology). The prior requirements were MD (Medicine), MS (Radiotherapy), MD (Paediatrics). For DM (Interventional Radiology), earlier the feeder qualification was stated as MD (Radiology) and now the name has been changed to MD (Radiodiagnosis).
Similarly, the candidate qualified with MS (General Surgery) can now go for MCh Surgical Oncology. Earlier the prior requirements were MS (Surgery), MS (ENT), MS (Orthopaedics), MD (Obst. & Gyn). Surgeons with MS (General Surgery) can apply for MCh (Head & Neck Surgery). Earlier they were MS (ENT) or MS (General Surgery) or MCh (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) or MCh (Surgical Oncology) or MCh (Neuro Surgery).