Only 6-8 per cent medical graduates from China pass India test

In the last three years, only 6-8 per cent medical graduates from China who took the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) cleared it.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:June 2, 2017 5:14 am
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Responding to queries from the Indian High Commission in Shanghai and Indian embassy in Beijing, the Union Health Ministry has clarified that those who have done internships in China as part of the MBBS curriculum in that country are acceptable for registration to practice medicine in India. They will, however, have to clear the screening test for foreign medical graduates.

The fact remains that in the last three years, only 6-8 per cent medical graduates from China who took the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) cleared it. The number of Indian medical students heading to China is rising every year. A Chinese degree is often cheaper than one from Europe, though a four-and-a-half year course plus a one-year internship could cost Rs 20-25 lakh.

The medical industry, however, is not convinced about the quality of graduates from China, and many hospitals insist on another internship before employing them. Data from the National Board of Examinations, which conducts the FMGE, gives an indication why.

Of the 3,935 graduates from China who appeared for the test in 2014, 352 (8.9 per cent) cleared it. In 2015, 3,536 candidates appeared but 275 (7.7 per cent) passed. The next year, 3,772 candidates appeared but only 261 (6.9 per cent) passed.

FMGE is a screening test that has to be cleared by foreign medical graduates before their registration with Medical Council of India. Average pass percentage for FMGE is 20-25 per cent. Sources said it is because of the difference in pass percentage that hospitals in India often insist on an internship.

“The Indian High Commission in Shanghai and the embassy in Beijing had raised doubts about whether internship in China is acceptable in India. We have clarified it is. It is not mandatory for students to do another 12-month internship here. That was the position earlier, too,” said a Health Ministry official. MCI rules require a graduate to complete a one-year internship for registration.

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    Becky Zhang
    Jun 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    Yes you may be right, but it also depends on that particular student, how well is he/she prepared for their MCI Screening Test. There are many universities 5 years before who would accept students, who have even cleared their 12th cl with 50 or 60 . How well will these students study and become doctors ? Now we have started accepting good and qualified students from India with atleast 75 . So after couple of years, this percentage of 6 to 8 should definitely increase. However I still believe, that some of the students coming from India, somewhere loose their purpose and focus while studying in China for 5 years. Those students who are financially poor and still manage to complete their 5 years course from China, understand the value of the FMGE examinations and clear at first attempt.
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