GUIDELINES FOR INDIAN STUDENTS SEEKING GRADUATE MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MBBS or equivalent) FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES
(Ministry of Health and Family welfare,Govt of India)
1. It is open to Indian students to seek medical qualification from any recognized medical education institution in a foreign country.
2. Such students in order to practice in India after completion of medical education are required to register with a State Medical Council (SMC).
3. SMC can register a student with foreign medical qualification only after he appears and passes in the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE). This is a statutory requirement as per section 13(4A) of the IMC Act, 1956 amended in 2002. Details regarding FMGE may be seen at the website : www.natboard.edu.in
It is provided that 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.
4. In order to appear at the FMGE, a candidate must have obtained Eligibility Certificate (EC) from the MCI before taking admission to medical course in a foreign institution. This is as per Section 13(4B) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. Please visit website www.mciindia.org to see details.
5. The candidates are issued EC by the MCI subject to fulfillment of criteria laid down under Section 4 and Section 5 of the “Medical Council of India Regulation on Graduate Medical Education, 1997”. Since the criteria for selection are defined in the Regulation, it is mandatory to follow these criteria. Please visit website www.mciindia.org to see details.
6. It is also brought to the notice of all candidates that as per directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 17.12.2013 in SLP No.36956/2013, all candidates taking admission in medical courses in foreign countries after 16.04.2010 are required to pass out from the same institution.
7. The Screening Test is conducted twice a year in June and December by NBE as a computer based test. The country and college wise details of pass percentage of students are given at Annexure as complied by NBE. A large number of candidates graduating from foreign Medical Institutions are waiting to clear FMGE to obtain Registration Certificate to practice medicine. The students are advised to exercise due discretion in selecting foreign institutions and countries considering the quality of medical education imparted there vis-à-vis the requirements of clearing FMGE.
Candidates are advised to check the medium of medical education in college the candidate proposes to take admission and also the monthly living expenses / availability of hostel facility etc. before taking admission.
8. Foreign medical universities/institutions are advised 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 viz. Section 4 “Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997”.
They must take note of selection procedure prescribed under Section 5 of “Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 1997” regarding admission of students in medical courses in India.
Foreign medical institutions are strongly advised to give inter se preference to Indian students who have scored higher marks in competitive examination in India like All India Pre- Medical Test (AIPMT). (obtaining 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) subjects at qualifying examination is the minimum).
The foreign medical institutions must ensure the quality of Indian students being admitted to their courses. 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.
9. Candidates must ensure that they have been given full and correct information by the College/ University/ Selection Agency about tuition & other fee, facilities, curriculum of the course, language of instruction/ teaching, availability of hostel facilities, monthly living expenses etc. MCI may consider obtaining undertaking from the candidates in this regard. A copy of the Indian MBBS curriculum as per Graduate Medical Regulation may be provided to the candidates at the time of issuance of Eligibility Certificate so that they can refer the same in the context of their training at overseas medical institutions.
10. Medical Institutions abroad which are admitting Indian students must particularly visit the website of MCI for the following information:
i. MBBS curriculum followed in India.
ii. Statutory requirements for Medical Colleges in India in terms of faculty, infrastructure etc. for obtaining various approvals of Government.
iii. Clinical competencies at UG level.
11. The foreign medical institutions must pay particular attention to the medium of imparting education to Indian students, preferably in English, and also sufficient exposure to clinical material by removing restrictions, if any, on access to local patients for Indian Medical students.
12. The Indian Missions abroad must assess the local medical institutions and attendant regulations in those countries in consultation with the Government of India to help guide Indian students seeking admissions in medical courses there. Counsellor access must be available to Indian students abroad to resolve various issues pertaining to their medical education.