Post-graduation degrees earned by MBBS doctors from abroad are set to be recognised by India’s medical education regulator.
The MCI Board of Governors has now decided to let PG doctors from any country get recognised and employed in hospitals and medical colleges, provided they clear the DNB (Diplomate of National Board) exam.
●There are two ways for doctors to get PG degrees in India :
1) Either through the PG Board, under the BOG-MCI, which awards MD/MS degrees
2) through the NBE, under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which awards DNB.
Even MBBS students who get their degrees from institutes abroad have to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination conducted by the MCI (now MCI-BOG) before they can legally practise as doctors in the country.
●Health Ministry official said,
“The MCI-BOG has taken various steps to address doctor-shortage in India,” but Government wants to ensure only highly-trained ones get licensed,”
Recognising PG graduates from abroad helps increase the pool of specialist doctors
Government has asked to introduce major reforms to increase the number of MBBS and specialist doctors in the country, and this is a step in that direction.
At present, PG degrees from only five English-speaking countries : US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are recognised in India, and doctors with post graduate degrees from countries like China and Russia are not treated on par with their Indian counterparts.
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