After the proposal by Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) to introduce an MD course in sports medicine, an expert panel from the Medical Council of India (MCI) will soon inspect the college. The initiative was suggested by the Union minister of state for defence, Jitendra Prasad during his visit to AFMC in January.
AFMC has got the state government’s sanction to the course and the Vice Chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences has also cleared it. The course will be started soon after the inspection by MCI. AFMC will initially start the new MD course with a student intake of two seats considering that the intake is linked with the availability of qualified teachers. Eventually the student intake will be increased. AFMC has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and this would contribute to the process of selection of the right kind of athletes for various sporting events. AFMC will also collaborate with SAI to improve sports medicine infrastructure all over the country by training doctors and paramedics.