April 24, 2011

Optional licentiate exam for MBBS students likely by 2013: MCI

The Medical Council of India (MCI) intends to introduce the licentiate examination' for the MBBS students -- before they qualify for their graduate degrees -- by 2013, a top official said.

"If government agrees to the proposal, licentiate examination to assess standards for an Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) could become optional from 2013, and mandatory from 2017," chairman of MCI, SK Sarin told reporters.

He was here to attend a conference, National Consultations on Reforms in Medical Education, organised by the Charutar Arogya Mandal.

The MCI intends to conduct licentiate examinations after completion of internship, to qualify for the Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) status.

"Our aim is to standardise the output of graduate medical education throughout the country in the form of IMG," Sarin said.

"The objective behind introduction of this examination is to assess the minimum defined standards for a doctor passing out from any of the medical colleges in India," he said.

"Foreign graduates who intend to practise in India will have to qualify in the examination," Sarin said.

The online examination for MBBS students, who complete internship after March 2013, is scheduled to be conducted in four sessions, commencing April 2013.

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