by Deepanshu Goyal
Preparation for medical professionals in India has evolved immensely over the past decade. The acceleration in the number of medical institutions across the country, and the introduction of the National Medical Commission and the One Country, One Exam reform that gave birth to NEET PG have dramatically changed the landscape of education for students as well as faculty. The efforts to implement Nextwhich will be a licensing exam to practice medicine and gain admission into PG courses, is also currently underway and will transform the medical industry significantly.
Education in the medical field in India is indeed evolving, and it is essential for learners to be aware of the latest trends in the industry to stay ahead of the competition. Below is an overview of what trends are anticipated to be vital over the next 12 months in the Medical PG categories.
1. Introduction of NExT:
The introduction of the NExT exam doesn’t seem very far. Recently, the National Medical Commission released the NExT draft guidelines which have given the students a clear picture of the NExT and have put an end to all the doubts and confusion.
NExT will be a standardized test which will comprise two separate exams called ‘Steps’. NExT will replace the current MCI screening exam – the NEET PG. NEET PG is an exam through which learners are able to enroll themselves into medical PG courses at some of the top universities across the country. NEET PG will be replaced by NExT which will be a licensing exam, without which a learner’s medical degree will be considered invalid.
This means the introduction of NExT will drastically change the way students look at exam preparation, and the initial few years may see certain uncertainties due to the new format.
2. FMGE to be replaced by NEXT:
As of now, foreign medical graduates must appear for FMGE to obtain a license to practice medicine in India. Additionally, they must appear for the NEET PG exam separately if they wish to pursue post-graduation. This will be changed with the implementation of NExT. A single exam for all candidates will provide recognition and an objective chance for both Indian and Foreign Medical Graduates to pursue desired courses.
3. Curriculum upgrade:
Curriculum upgrade will be the need of the hour and will be a game changer, as both the students and the faculties will have to refresh their content and methods to achieve the desired results.
We, at PrepLadder, anticipate the implementation of NeXT in the near future. And therefore, we started our preparations, like revamping a NExT-specific question bank and other study material in accordance with NExT. Our Dream Team (India’s top medical faculty) and in-house experts meticulously curated the latest edition of Question Bank which has more clinical scenario-based questions. We firmly believe that our question bank is more of a learning tool than a practicing tool. We have incorporated 70% of questions that are clinical scenario-based for a proper understanding of a concept.
Learners will be able to experience and scale up their exam preparation like never before as we’re all set to launch our all-new Question Bank in January.
4. Increased Number of PG Seats:
The Union Health Ministry is working towards doubling the number of post-graduate seats in Medicine over the coming years. Presently, the number of seats for MD/MS courses is half the number of seats for MBBS. Increasing the number of PG seats will not only ensure that the majority of MBBS graduates will have a chance at pursuing higher education, but it will also increase the presence of specialty doctors in the country.
5. Hybrid Learning Opportunities:
Considering the anticipated changes in both the curriculum and exam pattern, it is crucial for students to keep an open mind towards new approaches to learning. As such, hybrid learning is an excellent opportunity for students. It combines the effectiveness of one-on-one intrapersonal mentorship and online teaching. Students can watch online lectures of a topic on their own from the country’s leading faculty and then further strengthen their understanding of what they have studied in an offline setup with focused lectures, doubt-solving etc. It also allows them to prepare topics well in advance and clarify any doubts instantly.
Deepanshu Goyal, Co-Founder and CEO, PrepLadder
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