Internship of foreign MBBS students: medical council’s decision back – Chandrika Daily

KB Abdul Karim

Kochi: The National Medical Council’s new decision regarding the internship of MBBS students who have completed their studies abroad is weighing on the future of thousands of students in Kerala. With the decision coming into effect in the state as well, the future of students doing internship in district general hospitals has become dark. It has been decided to do the internship of those who have completed their MBBS studies abroad only in medical college hospitals. The order came into effect retrospectively from 2021. Last October, the National Medical Council directed the states to strictly implement the order.

In addition to finding opportunities for house surgery for those who have completed their undergraduate medical studies in state medical colleges, they also have to find vacancies for MBBS students from abroad. The National Medical Council has also stated that, in addition to the number of students studying in medical college hospitals, a maximum of 15 foreign medical graduates should be included. With this, students who have completed their MBBS studies abroad will have to wait two to three years for house surgery. The new decision has come as a heavy blow to Kerala, which has the largest number of students pursuing medical studies abroad. The new order will create a huge crisis in this sector in the future as well. While making such crucial decisions, the government would also consider the future of those who stand in this regard.

Countries like Ukraine, China, Georgia and Uzbekistan are widely preferred by students as they can complete their studies at half the cost of studying MBBS in state-run private medical colleges. After completing their MBBS and passing the FMG screening test of the National Medical Council, they come for internship in the district general hospitals.

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