MCI urged to permit UG courses in Dermatology

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Bangalore, July 14 (UNI) Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists today urged the Medical Council of India (MCI) to grant permission for starting undergraduate courses in Dermatology and increase the number seats for the course at PG level.

Speaking at the inauguration of COSMECON-a three-day international conference on ''Ageing and Anti-Ageing'' here, Association President Dr Suresh P Joshipura said Dermotology was gaining importance with people becoming concerned about their skin as they aged. Introduction of a separate undergraduate course would enhance knowledge on the subject and help people from being exploited by quacks.

In his inaugural address, Karnataka Governor T N Chaturvedi said such conferences would enlighten people about the subject and help them from being duped by quacks.

Conference Organising Secretary Dr B S Chandrashekhar said the the Conference was aimed at promoting research in the field, focus on latest methods of treatment and discuss strategies for prevention of ageing skin with relevance to Indian situation.

He said an interactive forum had been arranged on July 16 to educate the public on the subject.

More than 600 dermatologists from India and abroad are participating in the conference, claimed to be the first to receive accreditation from the American Academy for Continuing Medical Education.


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