Hereafter, two years of internship must for those who studied MBBS at foreign universities

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New Delhi: As per the latest guidelines issued by the National Medical Commission of India candidates who newly join for MBBS in foreign universities should strictly do one-year internship at the respective institutes. Besides, they should also do an internship training programme in India in case they wish to practise medicine here. So, these candidates have to do internship of two years in total.

However, these guidelines aren’t applicable to those who have completed their courses or are currently pursuing MBBS.

Earlier, those who studied MBBS in countries like UK and Canada were allowed to do internship in India without undergoing any training programme at the respective institutes. However, this is not possible as per the latest guidelines.

The Commission has issued the following guidelines to candidates who have studied MBBS in foreign universities in order to secure permanent registration in India.
»The duration of the course should at least be 54 months (4.5 years).
» The medium of instruction should be in English.
* The candidates have to complete an internship of at least 12 months in the respective institutes.
» The Bachelor’s degree should have the validity of the regulatory board in the country where the candidate studies.
» After registering at the National Medical Commission in India, the candidate should do one year internship here.
The candidates should pass the National Exit Test.

Recently, the High Court of Kerala had ordered that the registration for medical practice cannot be denied for those who have taken MBBS degree from the foreign universities and acquired eligibility for practice after successfully completing internship there. Such candidates should not be compelled to undergo internship once again if they have the required eligibility for registration as stipulated by the erstwhile Medical Council of India.

In late 2020 the National Medical Commission (NMC) superseded the Medical Council of India as per the National Medical Commission Act, 2019.

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