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January 6 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm


The recently introduced Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023, have faced criticism from doctors, particularly for not addressing key concerns related to working hours, mental health, burnout issues, and irregularities in stipends.

Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023

The Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2023 (PGMER-23) were introduced by the National Medical Commission (NMC) to revamp postgraduate medical education in India. Launched on January 1, 2024, these regulations aim to cater to the evolving healthcare demands by setting a comprehensive framework for postgraduate medical training.

Key Objectives:

  • Community Health Needs: Recognizing and addressing community health needs.
  • Competency Mastery: Ensuring the mastery of competencies in respective specialties.
  • Adaptation to Advancements: Staying updated with the latest advancements in the medical field.
  • Research Promotion: Fostering a culture of research among postgraduate medical students.
  • Teaching Skills: Developing effective teaching skills among medical educators.
  • Exemplary Citizenship: Cultivating exemplary citizenship qualities in medical professionals.

Qualifications and Duration of Courses:

  • The PGMER-23 outlines the qualifications and durations for various courses:
  • Broad-specialty, super-specialty, diploma, PDCC, PDF courses, D.M./M.Ch are detailed.

Establishment of Post-Graduate Medical Institutions:

  • Institutions require NMC permission to initiate any course.
  • They must align with the Maintenance of Standards of Medical Education Regulations, 2023.

Minimum Standards of Requirements:

  • Institutions must adhere to standards related to infrastructure, faculty, clinical material, and facilities.
  • Periodic updates aligned with PGMSR-2023 are mandatory.


  • Long Working Hours: Dissatisfaction among doctors due to vague guidelines on working hours. Lack of specific limits, posing potential risks of burnout.
  • Mental Health: Absence of dedicated measures for mental health and burnout prevention.
  • Irregular Stipends: Ongoing concern about irregular stipends not being addressed in the regulations.
  • AI in Curriculum: Lack of guidelines for integrating Artificial Intelligence in the curriculum, seen as a significant gap.
  • Inclusivity Issues: 5% reservation for doctors with disabilities is provided but criticized for not incorporating recommendations from “Doctors with Disabilities: Agents of Change.” Introduction of terms like ‘moderate’ dyslexia and exclusion of mental illness and autism raise inclusivity concerns.

NMC’s Perspective:

  • Groundbreaking Reforms: NMC sees the regulations as bringing groundbreaking reforms, emphasizing quality enhancement in postgraduate medical education.
  • Inclusivity and Ethics: Emphasis on fostering inclusivity and ethical practice within the medical fraternity.
  • Non-migration Policy: Support for prohibiting student migration between institutions, considered a crucial aspect of the reforms.
  • Alignment with Laws: Seat reservations align with existing state and union territory laws, ensuring conformity with prevailing regulations.


While the PGMER-23 aims at comprehensive reforms, criticisms related to working conditions, mental health, stipends, AI integration, and inclusivity must be addressed for a robust and effective postgraduate medical education system. Collaborative efforts between the medical community and regulatory bodies are essential to strike a balance between regulations and the well-being of medical professionals.


January 6
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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