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Internships for Overseas Medical Graduates are Permitted in India

According to the National Medical Commission, state medical councils might consider applications for internship completion if the applicants have passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) issued a notice on Friday permitting foreign medical graduates who have not completed their internships because of circumstances beyond their control, such as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) or the conflict in Ukraine, to finish them within India. Whereas if candidates have passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, the entry for finishing the internship might well be handled by the state medical councils, according to the regulatory organization that governs medical education and medical professionals within India (FMGE).

What did NMC say?

“There are also some foreign medical graduates with incomplete internships due to such compelling situations which are beyond their control, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and war, etc. Considering the agony and stress faced by these foreign medical graduates, their application to complete the remaining part of an internship in India is considered eligible,” the NMC said.

Approval to finish internships may assist Indian students within different medical institutes within Ukraine who have had to drop out because of Russian hostility. After fleeing Ukraine amid Russian troop attacks, tens of thousands of Indian students returned home on planes dispatched by the central government.

“The state medical councils should ensure the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) should be cleared by the candidates seeking registration in India. If the candidate is found fulfilling criteria, provisional registration may be granted by the state medical councils for a 12 months internship or balance period, as the case may be,” the circular said.

The NMC further requested that state medical boards seek an assurance from medical colleges that no fee will be imposed on foreign medical graduates (FMGs) for completing their internship.

“The stipend and other facilities to FMGs should be extended equivalent to Indian medical graduates being trained at the government medical colleges as fixed by the appropriate authority,” it added.

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