Medical Council of India
All aspects of medical education for Indian citizens are regulated by the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, which became a Statutory Law on 30/12/1956. Two very important amendments were made to the act, in the year 2002, to govern those Indian citizens who choose to study medicine in any institution outside India. These are the Eligibility Requirement for taking admission in an undergraduate medical course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations 2002, and the Screening Test Regulations 2002.
According to this regulation, any student who chooses to study in any foreign medical institution shall apply to and obtain an Eligibility Certificate from the Medical Council of India. The Eligibility Certificate is issued to only those candidates who satisfy the following criteria:
(i) The candidate shall be not less than 17 years of age on or before 31st December of the year of admission to the course.
(ii) The candidate should have passed 2nd PUC / 12th Std / HSC exam with the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English individually, and have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together (aggregate) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (40% for SC / ST & OBC).
Screening Test:According to this regulation, any Indian citizen who has obtained a medical degree from any foreign medical institution shall have to qualify a Screening Test conducted by the National Board of Examinations, Govt of India, before getting the Registration from the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council. Further, no person shall be permitted to appear in the Screening Test unless:screening test
(i) The Institution awarding the Medical Degree is on the approved list under the provisions of the Indian Medical Council act 1956.
(ii) The candidate has obtained 'Eligibility Certificate' from the Medical Council of India as per the 'Eligibility Requirement for taking admission in an undergraduate medical course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations 2002'.
Detailed information on the above regulations can be obtained from the website of the Medical Council of India at www.mciindia.org
“Student intending to join undergraduate medicine course (equivalent to MBBS Course) in any recognized foreign Medical Institution shall have to apply to the Medical Council of India, New Delhi, for issue of the ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility Certificate will be forwarded to the Student in due course by the Medical Council of India after necessary verifications.
On Completion of medicine course and acquiring the degree, the candidate has to appear for SCREENING TEST conducted by the National Board of Examinations. The clearance of the same will entitle the student for award of provisional registration from the Medical Council of India or State Medical Councils. The student further undergoes one year internship in an approved institution in India for issue of permanent registration to practice as a Doctor in India.”
Medical Education across the globe is regulated by the respective statutory Medical Councils / Boards. They have an assigned role in assuring quality of undergraduate doctor education, postgraduate training, doctor registration, disciplinary procedures, public interests protection etc.
These Councils maintain the Register of Medical Practitioners, administer the compulsory continuing medical education (CME) programme and also govern and regulate the professional conduct and ethics of registered medical practitioners.
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