Admission Notification Details for CMC Vellore Admission

CMC Vellore Admission

Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine ( PGDFM )

For recent MBBS Graduates working in secondary hospitals towards expertise in secondary level care

A unique and distinguishing feature of the Christian Medical College Vellore (CMC) is its linkage with the large and widespread network of mission hospitals located mainly in semi-urban and rural areas and aiming to serve disadvantaged communities

With inpatient strength of between 20 and 200 beds, these hospitals deliver broad based clinical services to their local communities

The majority of students in CMC are sponsored by these hospitals and have undertaken to serve in them for two years immediately after graduation

CMC recognizes that its raw medical graduates face arduous challenges and difficulties during this service period but also that this can be an unusual learning experience for them

Graduates from other Medical Colleges also such as Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, St John’s Medical College Bangalore and Government Medical Colleges also work in rural Hospitals after their MBBS

The PGDFM course is for the recent MBBS graduates is CMC’s response to the challenge of equipping the MBBS graduates, from CMC and other medical colleges working in secondary hospitals for competent and satisfying engagement with secondary level health care while also availing of its educational opportunities

At the professional level, the graduates need to become proficient in broad based multi competent secondary level care including outpatient work and the handling of demanding emergencies

They need to be skillful in a variety of medical and surgical procedures in the diverse fields of medicine

At the same time they also need the distinctive orientation characteristic of Family Medicine

The graduates also face a variety of other problems such as academic and social isolation, lack of opportunity for learning, difficulty in translating learning from a tertiary care level to secondary level, lack of procedural skill competence and administrative problems

The course was started in 2007 as a one year Fellowship Programme, the Fellowship in Secondary Hospital Medicine and then upgraded to the Programme Diploma in Family Medicine in 2010

Eligibility criteria:

All graduates completing MBBS including internship during or after 2010

Selection preference:

(1) Those completing both MBBS and internship at CMC and have a service obligation to their sponsoring bodies

(2) Those completing both MBBS and internship at CMC but do not have a service obligation

(3) Those who completed MBBS elsewhere but completing internship at CMC

(4) Those completing MBBS in other medical colleges

Under category of 2-4, all the students should have commitment of work a minimum of 1 year in either; Mission hospitals; Government sector; Private hospitals

Preference will be given to students in that order

Applicants should not be currently doing a PG course and should not be planning to do a PG course in the next one year

Duration: The Integrated PGDFM is of 18 months duration

Candidates have to complete the course within three years from the date of enrolment

The Curriculum of distance education


This course is designed as 13 Modules; an average of six hours per week will be needed to complete the booklets in the above time period

Organization of booklets:

The learning material is presented in a system-based manner; MBBS graduates have sufficient background knowledge to use the problem-solving approach employed in this course, starting with the presentation of the patient; the modules challenge the student to give answers, think of options, and to apply the knowledge that they have just learnt; the teaching module is followed by answers to the questions posed during the module; this instant feedback helps the student to go back over the material if he/she has doubts; at the end of each module, a tutor marked assignment has to be submitted as a form of continuous formative assessment; suitable additions will be made to the above curriculum appropriate to the secondary level care; the student should periodically and promptly submit assignments according to the schedule; these are graded and are part of the assessment


Candidates will be required to complete the assignments which are based on the MCQs (multiple choice of questions) and SSAs (short structured answers) for each module of the course within the stipulated dates

The concerned Faculty of the Module will evaluate the assignments for the purpose of awarding the Diploma

Contact Programs:

During the 18 months there will be three contact programmes

Contact session-I: Discussions on approach to clinical problems/case discussions/teaching to transfer skills such as ECG, X-ray interpretation/discussions on ethics/transfer of procedural skills; CMC Vellore

Contact session-II: Content similar to contact session-1; in addition students perform examination-I Theory & Practical Examination; CMC Vellore

Contact session-III: Examination-II Theory, Practical exam and Project Presentation; AugustCMC Vellore

Contact program timings:

The scheduled timing for each day of the contact program is 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch; Saturdays 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and Sunday holiday

Purpose of the contact programs:

To see a wide range of clinical cases; Learn some specified skills (both procedural and clinical skills); Imbibe attitudes which will improve professional conduct; To augment theory knowledge base; Clarification of doubts; To present project work and meet with project guide; Student networking and meeting with faculty

Skipping contact sessions:

A candidate who is unable to attend the contact session will have to complete the same session in the following year period

Award of diploma:

The diploma will be awarded to candidates who fulfill the following criteria

A score of not less than 50% in theory and practicals separately

A minimum of 75% attendance in contact programs and completion of requirements

Satisfactory completion of project work

Satisfactory completion of the tutor marked assignments with over all 50% of marks in the distance course

Payment of fees:

The total fee for the entire course is Rs 10,000/ payable in two equal installments

1st installment of Rs 5000/- is to be paid on admission to the course but can be extended on request

2nd installment of Rs 5000/- is to be paid at the time of the second contact course

Course fee, and any other payments, must be paid either by Banker’s cheque or demand draft drawn on a Vellore Bank in favour of Christian Medical College Vellore Association

Admission procedure

Number of seats:

Maximum seats available 60


The application form can be downloaded from the CMC website or can be collected in person from the Curriculum Office, Asha Building or the Department of Distance Education, 4th Floor, IDTRC office above State Bank of India Building

The selection process will greatly depend on the written application

Hence the candidates are advised to fill in the application carefully

Announcement of selections and subsequent formalities: The list of selected candidates will be published on the CMC website

Students should submit their acceptance letter and make payment of 1st installment of fees

Selected candidates will be called for a one day orientation program available according to the candidate’s preference

Those who cannot attend should make arrangements to participate through video-conferencing

On admission, the candidates will be allotted a unique admission number

This number will be used as a unique ID of the candidate for all purposes related to the course

The candidates must quote their admission number in all their correspondence with the course office

After joining their respective hospitals of work, the candidate should send in the needs assessment form and the project work form within 6 weeks

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