NMC Notice: Foreign MBBS Graduates to Get Registration Only After 2 Years of Internship


Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Jul 29, 2022 12:16 PM IST

Addressing the crisis of foreign medical students from Ukraine and China, the NMC has decided that they have to complete a two-year internship after clearing the FMG exam. This is a one-time measure taken by the NMC.

NMC Notice: Foreign MBBS Graduates to Get Registration Only After 2 Years of Internship

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has told the Supreme Court that final-year MBBS students who were forced to flee amidst the Russia-Ukraine war or return due to the Covid-19 pandemic but have eventually completed their degree and received the certificate of completion will be allowed to sit for the Foreign Medical Graduation (FMG) Examination. The scheme was approved in the eighth meeting of NMC.

The NMC has declared in an affidavit that after passing the examination, FMGs will have to undergo a Compulsory Rotating Medical Internship (CRMI) for a period of two years. This is to compensate for the lack of clinical training that they were unable to attend physically during their undergraduate medical course in medical institutes abroad.

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The internship will acquaint them with the medical practice under conditions prevalent in India. The NMC also said that only after completion of two years of the internship will FMGs be eligible to get registration to practice medicine in India

On July 25, 2022, after scrutinising the NMC affidavit, Justice Hemant Gupta abandoned the affair by saying no further orders were called. Previously on April 29, 2022, the SC had settled that students with foreign MBBS degrees cannot be given provisional registration to complete their internship without physical clinical training. 

Considering a large number of Indian medical students returning from Ukraine, the Supreme Court directed the NMC to frame a one-time scheme within two months to allow these students to undergo practical training in the country. 

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The NMC, through its compliance affidavit, said that following the SC verdict and after consulting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of External Affairs, it decided to frame this “one-time measure” scheme to provide relaxation to foreign medical students.

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Source: The Tribune

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