NMC: Draft regulations for Regn of foreign medical graduates

According to the draft rules, the eligibility criteria for licensing to practice in India have been divided into two part

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) has come out with draft regulations for Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) making them eligible to practice in India if they qualify screening test in the country within two years of completion of their undergraduate course from foreign medical institutes.

The draft released by secretary, NMC Dr RK Vats on April 23, 2021, called Foreign Medical Graduate Regulations, 2021, laying down the eligibility criteria for enrolment of those who studied MBBS abroad as a medical practitioner in India. NMC has sought comments from stakeholders on FMG Regulations to finalise it.


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As per the new draft regulations for FMGs, a person intending to practice in India after obtaining primary medical qualifications in modern system of medicine from abroad needs to qualify the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) until the National Exit Test (NExT) becomes operational.

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NExT will consist of NExT Step 1 and NExT Step 2. For FMGs, the first step will include an additional paper to assess the knowledge of pre and para-clinical subjects. Foreign medical graduates are required to qualify the screening test in India (FMGE/NExT) within two years of completing the MBBS abroad.

According to the draft rules, the eligibility criteria for licensing to practice in India have been divided into two parts. The first part is for students who have completed their senior secondary education in India and are pursuing MBBS abroad and the second part is for those who have completed their senior secondary education and MBBS abroad.

For the ones pursuing MBBS abroad but have done their Class 12 from India must have passed the Class 12 board exam from any recognised board in India with the minimum eligible marks.


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They must have had physics, chemistry, biology or biotechnology as their core subjects. These candidates must have also qualified the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) UG exam to seek admission abroad.

However, for those completing their Class 12 and MBBS abroad, must have completed a minimum of 12 years of schooling with physics, chemistry, biology or biotechnology and English as their core subjects.

They must have also completed at least the first year of graduation in science with subjects like physics, chemistry, biology or biotechnology (in case such an exam was held).

The candidates must have also completed at least 54 months of undergraduate medical training along with 12 months of internship in the same country where the medical qualification was awarded. The MBBS degree must have been done in English medium.

Besides this, the candidates who have completed minimum four years (48 months) of theoretical and practical training for acquiring MBBS degree in English after graduation and with practical/clinical training conducted additional 12 months of internship in the same country where the medical qualification was awarded, are also eligible for taking screening test in the country to practice.

The draft guidelines specify that primary qualifications to be obtained in a foreign medical institute shall include theoretical classes, practical clinical training and 12 months of compulsory rotating internship commensurate with rotating internship in India which shall include hands-on training in clinical subjects of community medicine, general medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, general surgery, anaesthesia, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics including PM&R, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, casualty services, lab services, elective posting in either of dermatology-venereology-leprosy, tuberculosis & respiratory medicine, radio diagnosis, forensic medicine and toxicology, blood bank and transfusion services.

It says that a person will be eligible to be registered to practice in the country where MBBS or its equivalent medical degree has been awarded by that foreign institute. The license to practise medicine in that country shall be valid for at least 10 years.


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