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The pursuit of medical education is a lifelong dream for many Indian students. While some choose to pursue their medical degrees within the country, others look beyond borders to study MBBS abroad. 

However, to ensure the quality of education and the standard of practice, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has recently introduced a set of new rules and regulations. 

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the NMC’s new rules, outlining the eligibility criteria, course duration, and the essential steps that Indian students must follow to practice medicine in India after obtaining their foreign degrees.

National Medical Commission

The National Medical Commission (NMC) stands as a cornerstone institution in India’s healthcare landscape, overseeing and regulating the complex web of medical education, institutions, and research. 

As the torchbearer of medical excellence, the NMC plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare professionals and safeguarding the quality of healthcare services delivered across the nation. 

Founded to replace the erstwhile Medical Council of India, the NMC is tasked with the colossal responsibility of setting high-quality standards in medical education and practice, ensuring the welfare of both aspiring medical students and the patients who place their trust in the nation’s healthcare system. 

In this exploration, we embark on a journey to unravel the multifaceted functions and vital contributions of the National Medical Commission, shedding light on its role in shaping the healthcare landscape of India.

NMC functions listed

  • Implemented policies to maintain high-quality standards in medical education.
  • Policies for regulating medical institutions and medical research.
  • Ensures the HR for the healthcare infrastructure and develops a road map.

Foreign Medical Graduate Licentiate Regulations 2023

Medical students planning to study MBBS abroad must follow the guidelines issued by the NMC. Foreign medical graduates can practice in India after clearing the FMGE license exam.

Eligibility to appear FMGE exam for Foreign Medical Graduates

To be eligible to take the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE), foreign medical graduates must meet specific criteria. This includes a minimum course duration, language proficiency, and the completion of specific subjects.

The course duration must be at least 54 months along with the internship of 12 months from the same medical institution. Students must have studied in ‘English’ as the official medium of instruction.

The students must have studied subjects like General Medicine, Community Medicine, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Anesthesia, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Dermatology, lab services, Emergency or Casualty services, and their sub-specialties.

Foreign Medical Graduates MBBS Course Duration

Students undergone an MBBS Degree in a foreign nation must be equivalent to the MBBS curriculum in India.

Students have done an internship of 12 months compulsorily from the same university/institution where they have completed the course.

Indian students must have completed the whole curriculum within 10 years of the date of enrollment.

Foreign Medical Graduates MBBS Course Duration

Important Points

  • The Foreign Medical Graduates must study MBBS courses for at least 54 months ie, 4.5 years.
  • The Theory and practical training obtained overseas must be equivalent to the MBBS degree in India.
  • 12 months of Internship from the same medical institution after completion of the course is compulsory.
  • Students must have done the course, internship/clerkship from the same medical institution during their course of study.
  • It is mandatory to clear the FMGE examination to start practicing in India.
  • After the completion of the examination and registration process, the FMGs are permitted to practice in India.
  • The NMG Gazette also highlights that students must have completed the total course curriculum along with the internship within 10 years of the date of enrollment.
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