Foreign Medical Graduates wait for internships in India during COVID crisis
   Date :29-Apr-2021

Foreign Medical Graduates
 
 
NEW DELHI :
 
AS INDIA faces an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases with more than three lakh being reported daily, more than 70,000 Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) look forward to getting themselves enrolled in internships amid the crisis. The National Medical Council (NMC) has released a new draft of regulations for FMGs stating that no license will be allowed to obtain till they fulfill the eligibility criteria.
 
“A person intending to practice in India after obtaining primary medical qualifications has to qualify the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) until the National Exit Test (NExT) becomes operational,” The draft read, also inviting comments. Already over 4,000 suggestions were sent by the Indian Foreign Medical Students Welfare MCI Gurukul Trust.
 
It has been requested to keep NEXT 1 and NEXT 2 same for FMGs like Indian Medical Graduates. However, on April 15, Indian Foreign Medical Students Welfare MCI Gurukul Trust in their letter addressed to Prime Minister, Health Minister, Chief Ministers, requested to provide one-time relaxation to all FMGs by reducing passing percentage to 30 per cent to curtail the shortage of MBBS doctors.