Application submitted by NMC to the World Medical Education Federation (WMFE) for its recognition.
New Delhi: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has recently submitted an application to the World Medical Education Federation (WMFE) seeking its recognition, which is a mandatory requirement for medical graduates to pursue their further studies in the USA and appear in the United States Medical Licentiate Examination (USMLE) for postgraduate training. This good news and hope are for the Indian medical students who want to study further in the United States of America (USA).
Indian medical graduates who are planning to pursue further education abroad can now breathe a sigh of relief because, starting in 2024, applicants for the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification must be current students or graduates of institutions that have received proper accreditation from a WMFE recognized regulatory body.
According to a recent news story, the NMC has recently filed to the WMFE for this recognition as it does not currently have it. However, the complete certification procedure could take up to 18 months.
Medical students and doctors can enter residency programs or become MDs in the United States of America by passing the USMLE licensing exam. Any MBBS graduate from anywhere in the globe may enroll as long as their college is included in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
For all Indian doctors who want to further their future careers in medicine in the USA, this three-part exam for a medical license in the country serves as their entry point.
How do WFME works?
WFME, on the other hand, is a non-governmental organization that has been trying to improve medical education standards globally. Along with other global organizations like WHO, it collaborates with its six regional associations for medical education. WFME, which was established in Copenhagen in 1972, manages a recognition program to make sure that the accreditation of medical schools worldwide is kept at a level that is widely recognized. Accrediting organizations that apply and meet the requirements for the established standard are granted Recognition Status.
WFME has opted to exclusively recognize the accreditation agencies, despite previously accrediting medical institutions independently. This will make the approvals granted by such an agency subject to WFME accreditation.
You can further know about WFME from their official website.
According to the most recent media report by Money Control, NMC has now applied for WFME recognition. Without this recognition, medical graduates won’t be allowed to take the USMLE beginning in 2024. A representative from NMC confirmed the same, telling the newspaper, “We have extended our application for WMFE recognition with details such as how we offer affiliation to medical colleges in India and the plans to strengthen the accreditation process further to improve the quality of medical training.”
The number of medical colleges in India?
India now has 612 medical schools with 91,927 MBBS seats available for admission. According to data recently presented to the Parliament by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, there are 612 medical institutions total, of which 322 are government medical colleges and 290 are private medical colleges.
For approving a medical college in the past, NMC would consider the necessary resources and infrastructure, such as a teaching hospital and faculty. “However, under the new accreditation system, the focus will also shift to learning outcomes and the quality of doctors being produced in the colleges,” the NMC official said.
Dr. C. V. Bhirmanandham, a former vice-president of the old Medical Council of India (MCI), which has since been superseded by the NMC, commented on the issue and noted that numerous medical institutions have opened recently despite lowering the minimal infrastructural norms.
A former vice-president of the Medical Council of India (MCI), which has since been superseded by the NMC, Dr. C. V. Bhirmanandham, commented on the situation and noted that several medical colleges have started up recently despite lowering the basic infrastructure norms.
In this regard, he stated to the newspaper, “While the quality of training in some private medical colleges has been poor, I am afraid that the same may be true for many new government universities that have been granted in recent years.
NEXT exam licentiate for MBBS students?
Bhirmanandham clarified that the National Exit Test (NEXT) proposal was put forth by MCI for this purpose and that NEXT will serve as the common licentiate examination for all final-year MBBS students before graduation.
Bhirmanandham stated, “Steps like WFME recognition and NEXT would be significant measures to assure a higher quality of MBBS doctors in India.” The NEXT test, which is anticipated to be introduced starting in 2023, was also noted.