MCI exempts US, UK, Auz from screening test
Kochi: Clearing Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) was a hurdle to many students who secure medical degrees from foreign countries. Now, students who hold an under graduate medical qualification from Australia/ Canada/ New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America, need not to qualify the Screening Test in India.
A new circular published on MCI website stated, "a person seeking provisional or permanent registration shall not have to qualify the Screening Test if he/she holds an under graduate medical qualification from Australia/ Canada/ New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America and the holder thereof has also been awarded a post graduate medical qualification in Australia/ Canada/ New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America and has been recognized for enrolment as medical practitioner in that country."
However, getting a foreign medical degree is not considered as a wise choice to get a good job in the country or abroad since many institutions did not consider the degree valid. In this scenario, the Medical Council of India published guidelines for Indian students seeking graduate medical qualifications from foreign countries. The students are advised to exercise due discretion in selecting foreign institutions and countries considering the quality of medical education imparted there and the requirements of clearing FMGE.
After completion of medical education, the students are required to register with a State Medical Council (SMC) to practise in India. SMC can register a student with foreign medical qualification only after he/she appears and passes in the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE).
In order to appear for FMGE, a candidate must have obtained Eligibility Certificate (EC) from the MCI before taking admission to medical course in a foreign institution.
The Medical Council of India asked foreign medical universities/institutions to make selection of Indian candidates to their medical courses themselves and not through travel agents. They should ensure compliance with necessary qualifications prescribed under Indian regulations. The performance of their Indian students in the Screening Exam in India (FMGE) would reflect on the standard of medical education in the concerned institution and, in cases of continuous poor performance in FMGE, it may lead to withdrawal of permission of MCI for the institution in the interest of Indian students, the MCI circular noted.
For more details visit http://www.mciindia.org