29 Jul 2022

Relief for foreign medical graduates who returned from Ukraine, China

Final year students who returned to India due to Covid and the Russo-Ukraine war and obtained their degrees from their institutes on or before June 30, 2022, will be allowed to take the foreign medical examination, the National Medical Commission said on Friday.
When they qualify for the Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) examination, they will have to complete a compulsory rotational medical internship (CRMI) for two years instead of the existing one year, the NMC said in a public notice.

Foreign medical graduates will be eligible for registration only after completing the two-year CRMI, it said adding the relaxation to foreign medical students is a "one-off measure" and will not be considered a "priority in the future". .

"In accordance with the order passed by the Supreme Court on April 29, it is informed that Indian students who were in the final year of their undergraduate medical studies (had to leave their foreign medical institute and return to India due to COVID-19, Russo-Ukrainian war etc. .) and subsequently complete their studies and at the same time their respective institute has awarded them a course completion certificate by June 30, 2022 and they can appear for the FMG examination,” the announcement said.

"Then, after passing the FMG exam, these foreign medical graduates are required to undergo CRMI for two years to make up for the clinical training they could not physically undergo during their undergraduate medical studies at a foreign institution, as well as to familiarize them with medical practice under Indian conditions," it said notification.

The Supreme Court on April 29 directed the regulator to come up with a scheme within two months to enable MBBS students affected by the Russo-Ukraine war and the pandemic to complete their clinical training in medical colleges here as a one-time measure.

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