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Is membership in a medical society/association mandatory for a doctor?

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Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta    06 March 2018

The MCI has issued guidelines in this regard as below.

“1.2.2 Membership in Medical Society: For the advancement of his profession, a physician should affiliate with associations and societies of allopathic medical professions and involve actively in the functioning of such bodies.

1.2.3 A physician should participate in professional meetings as part of Continuing Medical Education programmes, for at least 30 hours every 5 years, organised by reputed professional academic bodies or any other authorised organisations. The compliance of this requirement shall be informed regularly to Medical Council of India or the State Medical Councils as the case may be.”

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