Maha: Soon, all govt medical colleges to introduce psychiatry in post-graduate courses

At the moment, out of the 17 government medical colleges in Maharashtra, there are nine colleges which offer a post-graduate course in psychiatry. And eight government medical colleges do not have this course for post-graduate students. The Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has written a letter to the Medical Council of India to start a post-graduate course in psychiatry  for MBBS students

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With better awareness about mental health and mental illnesses more and more people are coming forward to seek professional; but, herein lays a dilemma. As the number of patients is increasing day by day, even as, the number of psychiatrist in the state fall short to deal with this issue.

With better awareness about mental health and mental illnesses more and more people are coming forward to seek professional; but, herein lays a dilemma. As the number of patients is increasing day by day, even as, the number of psychiatrist in the state fall short to deal with this issue.

Dr Pravin Shingare, director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), said, “It is true that number of people being diagnosed with mental illness are increasing by the day. The state government is going to introduce the course of psychiatry in all govt medical colleges across the state. The DMER has written a letter to Medical Council of India (MCI), regarding this subject.”

Dr Shingare added, “Although, we are still considering to introduce the psychiatry course in govt medical colleges. But, we need the approval of the Medical Council of India to go ahead with this decision.”

He further said, “At the moment, out of 17 district govt medical colleges, nine colleges provide PG courses. While eight govt medical colleges to Chandrapur, Gondia, Dhule, Kolhapur, Akola, Yavatmal, Miraj and Jalgaon do not have post-graduation courses for MBBS students who wish to specialise in psychiatry. If a PG psychiatric course is offered in the govt medical college, more students will come forward and opt for this course. Which in turn will increase the number of practicing psychiatrists in the near future.”

By the year 2020, the number of patients with mental health problems will be more than it is at the moment. More mental health professionals are needed to even out the doctor-patient ratio.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nitin Bhalerao, state in-charge and Joint Director of the Mental Health Control Department, said, “We cannot directly state that the number of mentally ill people is on the rise. But rather, due to increased awareness on mental health issues, more people are coming forward. This helps in early detection and diagnosis. Now, the state government is considering to increase the number of seats in PG courses for psychiatry, and also introducing the course in college that do not have it. As Maharashtra has a paucity of pyschistrist. We are hopeful that this decision helps in addressing the problem at hand.”