Rural training mandatory for medical students

medical-563427_1280According to the newspaper The Hindu, the Indian government has decided to make a one-year rural posting compulsory for medical students graduating from government medical colleges or those in private colleges, but under government quota.

The decision comes due to the fact that rural areas in India continue to suffer from a shortage of doctors despite more than 6,000 medical graduates a year in the country. The lack of doctors and other healthcare personnel in rural areas is not unique to India, with countries like Australia facing a similar situation.

This is certainly an interesting development for India and it would be good to watch this space to see which other countries adopt a similar ruling.

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