25 January 2012
The Maharashtra Medical Council has decentralised the process of renewal of registration with the Indian Medical Association (IMA). The IMA, Pune branch, has been authorised to provide renewal of registration facility for doctors in Pune district. Valid registration is mandatory for practice or for working as a doctor/medical officer, otherwise, it becomes an offense. The facility is for renewal of registration for all doctors and those who have renewed their registration in 2007.
Documents for renewal of MMC registration includes two copies of application forms (photograph affixed on one copy only), MMC original registration certificate (obtained after internship) with its photocopy, MMC identity card and photocopy (obtained in 2007), one more passport size recent photograph, CME (continued medical education) credit certificates and one photocopy each date-wise. Candidates will be charged Rs 500 for MMC renewal. An IMA member will be charged Rs 100 and Rs 200 will be charged to non-IMA members as administration charges. “The member will have to come personally. The member renewing in IMA Pune branch will get back their original certificates across the table right away after due verification,” said surgeon Ambarish Shahade, president, IMA, Pune.
“There are over 12,000 registered qualified allopathic doctors and those whose last renewal was done in 2007 in Pune district. They need to renew it before February 29. For the first time in history, Maharashtra Medical Council has authorised NGO like IMA to verify the credentials and collect fees on its behalf and forward the documents and fees to MMC. It is a good example of public-private partnership (PPP),” said senior paediatrician Jayant Navarange.
If a doctor, MBBS and above is not re-registered as per the MMC Act, his practice will be actionable offence and will amount to negligence per se.
The facility is on between 2 pm and 5 pm from January 24 including Saturdays and Sundays except January 26. For details and appointment call IMA Pune branch on 24464771 / 24430042 / 32318774. TNN