DCH VS PRIMARY DNB IN PEDIATRICS: CHOICES I MADE


Being a DNB in Pediatrics, I usually get these questions from the candidates.....

1. Who are confused between DNB for postgrdaution and also getting DCH at the same time
2. Those who have finished their DCH and are confused whether to go ahead with DNB.

And these are the questions..
Is doing DCH better than DNB?
Shall I do DNB after DCH
Is DNB equivalent to MD?
Which institution should I join?
Let me explain my background a bit before I dwell deep into the subject. I was never a pro PG guy when I was doing my MBBS, but once I was out, was sucked into the PG mania like my contemporaries.

To make a long story short, I didn’t get in the next 4 years and finally did get because I got married. Yup, you read it right.. Like all good wives, she nagged me into studying and I qualified for both NEET and DNB. I was getting both DCH via All India and DNB Pediatrics. Now the reason why I took DNB Primary was purely logical and there was no scientific thought process. I was getting old and needed to finish fast.

Here, I go to our questions.
(DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here are entirely personal)

1) IS DOING DCH BETTER THAN DNB PRIMARY ?

The answer is simple “ NO”. Do DNB ahead of diploma. You are saving 2 years of your career. If you choose Diploma, you do it from a prestigious or from some place and you pass out but you will have to do MD/MS/DNB now. The competition has increased and you are no longer familiar with the other subjects. And you have to do a masters because diploma is getting obsolete. So friends, do not even blink an eye to choose DNB over Diploma. There will be many counterarguments like

A) DNB IS NOT GOOD

DNB is as good or better if you do it from a good institution. Period. But there are only very few ideal centres like this. So you do it from some average place, study well during that period and remove your deficiencies by working in government sector for 6 months once you pass out. You still save time.

B) DNB PASSING RATE IS LOW

Yes, it is low compared to Diploma/MD. However, the good point is national board is becoming more sane in putting up question papers and valuating the answer papers. It is still nowhere ideal but things are improving. The reason for the low passing rate were improper question papers, tight valuation, a sadistic mentality and incompetent candidates.

If you look at the trend, you will find that the passing rate has increased dramatically in the recent years once centralised counselling has come and the candidates are better. Also there are structured programmes at this point of time to help you out.

2) SHALL I CHOOSE DNB AFTER DCH

I am not a secondary candidate, so i cant comment on clinical advantage, however, its very basic science that the more time you spend on education, the better clinician you become. Secondly, one is degree while other is diploma, its has its own short coming, in terms of job opportunities. So if you have done DCH, it is advisable to do two more years residency and get DNB in Pediatric.

3) DNB IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO  MD/MS

I have to agree to this point to some extent. Even with the latest MCI guidelines on equivalence, there is gross inequality. In terms of standard, like I mentioned earlier it may be equivalent but if you are planning for a government job, then there is inequality. There is lot of confusion and you need to do  3 more years of residency as compared to your corresponding MD/MS/Diploma.

However if you are looking to work in a corporate setup in your future, then DNB holds a better stand as you are versed during your study period and you learn the important art of communication and empathy and are also exposed to the latest technology and standards. I am not demeaning government colleges by any means, just stating certain bitter truths. The chances of making contact with abroad faculties are also more who may help you get foreign fellowships later on.

4) WHAT MAKES A GOOD DNB INSTITUTE OR WHICH INSTITUTE SHOULD I CHOOSE IN COUNSELLING ?

A good DNB institute is that which has run successful DNB programs for quite some time. The answer is that simple. Look at the history of the institution. Has DNB program been going on for some time now and is the passing rate good. If both are ticked, then look no further.

A good DNB institute will have at least 1 DNB professor or even better a DNB examiner who will be able to guide you through your 3 years. There are no substitutes for such people. The next best thing is getting people who are academically interested. A bad institute will only be looking at DNB candidates as cheap labor and the consultants there will be more oriented to money making. If there are many publications from any institute, usually they tend to be good institutes for doing DNB.

(DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here are entirely personal)
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