Cuttack: A three-year Doctorate of National Board (DrNB) degree course on Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology will be offered at SCB Medical College and Hospital here from the current academic session.
Initially, two seats have been sanctioned by the National Board of Examination which reviewed the infrastructure, faculty and patient strength at the hospital.
Students qualifying NEET-SS examination (November 13 and 14), will be eligible for admission to the course, Head of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology department Prof Bidyut Kumar Das was quoted by The New Indian Express.
SCBMCH has become the first government medical college in eastern India to offer the course. The Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology unit under the Medicine department was started in 2006 and later it got permission for creation of a separate Department of Rheumatology in 2011.
The department is one of the busiest super-specialty departments of the government-run facility and caters to around 50,000 outdoor and more than 2,000 indoor patients annually, stated The Express.