NBEMS Fellowship Courses

An Overview:

NBEMS Fellowship courses are skill enhancing programme administered by the NBEMS at its accredited institutions. The courses are administered both at Doctoral and Post-Doctoral level. NBEMS also administers Fellowship Courses for International Students under FPIS (Fellowship Programme for International Students).

Admission and Counseling:

The duration of the FNB course is for 2 years. NBEMS administers Fellowship Programme in 18 disciplines of modern medicine. To distinguish the programme administered at Post-Doctoral Level, Fellow are conferred the qualification of FNB-PD (Fellow of National Board – Post Doctoral). Trainees pursuing programme at Doctoral level are conferred FNB (Fellow of National Board) qualification.
Both Indian and International students get admission to 2 years FNB course after successfully qualifying the FET (Fellowship Entrance Test) examination which is conducted by NBEMS. FET is conducted annually as per prescribed schedule. The merit-based counseling for admissions to FNB Programme after conduct of FET is administered by NBEMS.

Registration as FNB Trainee:

After opting for a seat for the FNB courses, the trainee is registered with NBEMS for FNB training in respective course.
The eligibility of the trainee for FNB programme is determined on the basis of prescribed criteria in the information bulletin for entrance examination. On successfully meeting the criteria and submission of required application with prescribed documents to NBEMS, the trainee gets registered with NBEMS. A letter to this effect in form of a “Letter of Provisional Registration” is communicated to the trainee and his/her training institution. institution.

NBEMS Leave Rules and Stipend:

The training of the FNB trainees is governed by a set of NBEMS leave rules. All FNB trainees are advised to be thoroughly acquainted with the prescribed rule for availing leave during their FNB course as excess leave availed by them over and above the prescribed leave shall lead to extension of their training. This extension might affect the eligibility of the trainee for FNB Exit Examination in case the extended training goes beyond the prescribed cut-off date for completion of training. Excess leave beyond a prescribed limit may even cancel the registration of trainees for the course.
All FNB trainees are paid a minimum stipend as per guidelines prescribed by NBEMS. The trainees are paid stipend for the entire duration of training including their eligible leave as per NBEMS leave guidelines. However, they shall not be paid stipend for a period more than 24 months (for a 2-year programme) if in case their training gets extended due to excess leave availed by them.

Curriculum and Training:

During the FNB training, the trainees are posted to different areas of the sub-specialty concerned as per the guidelines prescribed in the curriculum for that sub-specialty. Detailed course structure, training areas to be covered, posting schedules, syllabus of examination etc are published in FNB Programme specific curricula.
All FNB trainees are provided with the training by the respective training institute as per prescribed curriculum. The training institution shall conduct the academic teaching and training including the bed side teaching, if applicable, as per prescribed guidelines of NBEMS. The trainees are required to maintain an e-log of cases observed/attended; Journal Clubs/Seminars attended/presented etc as per the format specified in their e-Doctor Log book. A regular review of the said e-logbook by the mentor/guide of the trainee is a mandatory requisite.

Thesis Protocol and Thesis:

FNB trainees are NOT required to write theses as part of the training as the programme are primarily meant for skill enhancement.

Formative Assessment:

The Formative Assessment in the form of a Centralized Formative Assessment Test (FAT), is conducted by NBEMS during the 1st Year of FNB training. FAT comprises of a theory examination followed by work place-based assessment. During the 2nd year of training, the training institute conducts Internal Assessments on lines almost similar to the FAT.
Whereas the assessment outcome of FAT/Internal Assessments guides a trainee towards the progress made in the FNB training and the course corrections required, if any, the marks/grades of FAT/Internal Assessment are not added to the Summative Assessment.
It is mandatory for all FNB trainees to attend the minimum number of FAT/Internal Assessments during their FNB training.

Summative Assessment:

All FNB trainees are required to attend the final examination leading to the award of FNB/FNB-PD qualification. National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences conduct FNB Exit Examination once every year.
FNB Exit examination comprises of theory and practical examination. A FNB trainee registered with NBEMS on obtaining requisite period of training as prescribed by NBEMS & fulfilling other eligibility criteria as stated in the Information Bulletin may appear for the FNB Exit examination. The trainees are required to complete their FNB training by a prescribed cut-off date to be eligible for a particular session of FNB Exit Examination.

Convocation and award of DNB Qualification:

FNB trainees who have qualified the FNB Exit Examination, shall be conferred with FNB/FNB-PD qualification in the specialty concerned on enrolment for the NBEMS convocation.

Manual for FNB Trainees Download

NBEMS administers FNB & FNB-PD (Post Graduate & Post Doctoral Fellowship Courses) Courses in following disciplines :

Fellow of National Board – Doctoral Level Courses (Post MD/MS/DNB Year Courses) :
  1. Arthroplasty
  2. Breast Imaging
  3. Hand & Micro Surgery
  4. Infectious Diseases
  5. Maternal & Foetal Medicine (Previously High Risk Pregnancy & Perinatology)
  6. Minimal Access Surgery
  7. Paediatric Gastroenterology
  8. Paediatric Hemato-Oncology
  9. Paediatric Nephrology
  10. Pain Medicine
  11. Reproductive Medicine
  12. Spine Surgery
  13. Sports Medicine
  14. Trauma & Acute Care Surgery (previously Trauma Care)
  15. Vitreo Retinal Surgery

Fellow of National Board – Post Doctoral Courses (Post DM/MCh/DrNB Courses) :
  1. Interventional Cardiology
  2. Liver Transplantation
  3. Neurovascular Intervention

★ International Students are offered Fellowship Courses of NBEMS in above mentioned disciplines subject to availability of eligible institutions and their consent for participation in the FPIS Programme.