GMERS: Medical students must go for one year internship in rural areas
Since the government hospitals in the state of Gujarat are weighed down by the vacant positions which results in poor medical services in rural areas, the state government has made it mandatory for the students admitted to its seven self-financed medical colleges in the state to compulsorily intern in rural areas for one year.
The decision was taken by GMERS (Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society) that manages the self-financed medical colleges which are located in Sola, Gandhinagar, Valsad, Gotri, Patan, Himmatnagar and Junagadh. The students admitted in these medical colleges will now have to give an undertaking to do one year internship in rural areas.
In case if the students refuse to do the internship in rural areas, they will have to pay Rs 2 lakh for the violation of the undertaking. The students have to furnish a surety of Rs 2 lakh for the same.
Currently about 35% of positions in the medical service centers in the state, which include nearly 1200 PHCs and 300-odd community health centers, are lying vacant. The government will be able to provide medical services right at the primary health centre level even if 50% of the students go for internship every year in rural areas.