DrNB Super Specialty Courses

An Overview:

DrNB course is a doctoral level Super Specialty programme administered by the NBEMS at its accredited institutions. NBEMS administers DrNB Super Specialty Courses in 27 disciplines of modern medicine. The duration of the course for Post MD/MS/DNB candidates is for 3 years. Candidates after doing MBBS can also undergo a direct 6 years DrNB Programme. NBEMS administers such Direct 6 Year DrNB Courses in 4 super specialty disciplines.

Admission and Counseling:

The Post MD/MS/DNB trainees get admission to 3 years DrNB course after successfully qualifying the NEET-SS examination which is conducted by NBEMS. The entry to Direct 6 Year Post MBBS DrNB Programme is through NEET-PG which is also conducted by NBEMS. Both these examinations are conducted annually as per prescribed schedule.
The merit-based counseling for admissions to 3 years Post MD/MS/DNB DrNB Programme after conduct of NEET-SS is administered by the Medical Counseling Committee of DGHS, MoHFW, Govt of India along with the counseling for admissions to various DM/MCh courses.

Registration as DrNB Trainee:

After opting for a DrNB seat for the 3-year or 6-year DrNB courses, the trainee is registered with NBEMS for DrNB training in respective course. Whereas Post MD/MS/DNB trainees entering through NEET-SS are registered for the 3-year programme, Post MBBS DrNB trainees entering through NEET-PG are registered for the Direct 6-year programme.
The eligibility of the trainee for DrNB programme is determined on the basis of prescribed criteria in the information bulletin for respective 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.

NBEMS Leave Rules and Stipend:

The training of the DrNB trainees is governed by a set of NBEMS leave rules. All DrNB trainees are advised to be thoroughly acquainted with the prescribed rule for availing leave during their DrNB 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 DrNB Final 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 DrNB 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 36 months (for a 3-year programme) or 72 months (for the 6-year Programme) if in case their training gets extended due to excess leave availed by them.

Curriculum and Training:

During the DrNB training, the trainees are posted to different areas of the specialty concerned as per the guidelines prescribed in the curriculum for that specialty. Detailed course structure, training areas to be covered, posting schedules, syllabus of examination etc are published in DrNB Programme specific curricula.
All DrNB 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:

All DrNB trainees are required to write and submit the synopsis/protocol of their proposed theses work well within the timelines prescribed by NBEMS. The said thesis protocols are evaluated by the Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) and the Scientific Research Committee (SRC) of the training institutes. The trainees start working on their theses after their theses protocols after approved by IEC and SRC of their training institutions.
NBEMS does not evaluate and convey the approval for the theses protocols. However, it is mandatory for the trainee and his/her training institute to convey the approval of the IEC and SRC for the thesis protocol of the trainee to NBEMS as per prescribed proforma well within the timelines specified. A delay in preparing the protocol and/or its approval by the institutional IEC/SRC and/or in conveying the said approval to NBEMS may have an adverse impact on trainee’s eligibility for DrNB Final Examinations.
After successful completion of the thesis research work and writing, the DrNB trainees are required to submit their theses to NBEMS for assessment well within the timelines prescribed. Any delay in submission of thesis to NBEMS for assessment shall impact the eligibility of the DrNB trainees for DrNB Final Examinations.
Theses of DrNB trainees are assessed by subject experts of NBEMS and the outcome is communicated. In case the thesis of a DrNB trainee is not accepted in the form presented, he/she is asked to modify the same within the timelines prescribed. A trainee is required to do the necessary modifications and to resubmit the modified thesis through his/her thesis guide to NBEMS for re-assessment. The modified thesis may get accepted or may be advised re-modifications depending upon the corrections incorporated by the trainees and/or its acceptance by the thesis assessor.
Once the thesis of a trainee gets accepted by NBEMS, same is communicated to the trainee in form of an acceptance letter called as Thesis Acceptance Letter (TAC).

Formative Assessment:

The Formative Assessment in the form of a Centralized Formative Assessment Test (FAT), is conducted by NBEMS during the 2nd Year (for 3-year course) or 2nd as well as 4th Year (for 6-year course) of DrNB training. FAT comprises of a theory examination followed by work place-based assessment. During rest of the years 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 DrNB 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 DrNB trainees to attend the minimum number of FAT/Internal Assessments during their DrNB training.

Summative Assessment:

All DrNB trainees are required to attend the final examination leading to the award of DrNB qualification. National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences conduct DrNB Final Examination usually in June and December every year.
DrNB Final is a two-stage examination comprising of theory and practical examination. A DrNB 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 DrNB final examination. The trainees are required to complete their DrNB training by a prescribed cut-off date to be eligible for a particular session of DrNB Final Examination.
DrNB trainee who has qualified the theory examination is permitted to appear in the practical examination. Those who fail to qualify the theory examination are required to reappear in the theory examination.

Convocation and award of DrNB Qualification:

DrNB trainees who have qualified both DrNB Final Theory & Practical Examinations, and whose theses have been accepted by National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences, shall be conferred with DrNB qualification in the specialty concerned on enrolment for the NBEMS convocation.