New Delhi: The Indian Embassy in China noted that only 16% medical graduates who had completed their studies at various universities in China could pass the qualifying test for medical practise in India, in the last seven years. This was mentioned in the guidelines that were published for the Indian students who seek admission for medical courses at the Chinese universities. The candidates have been instructed to consider this before choosing Chinese universities for higher studies. Besides, the guidelines also explain the difficulties and the strict criteria that are related to pursuing higher education in China.
Medical graduates from foreign universities need to qualify the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) to secure the registration and license to practise medicine in India. Among the 40,417 candidates who took the test from 2015 to 2021, only 6387 have passed. Meanwhile, the embassy has pointed out that they often receive complaints from the students about the poor English language skills of the Chinese professors and lack of practical/clinical sessions.
These are some of the main points from the guidelines
The aspirants should seek admission only in the 45 universities prescribed by the Chinese educational ministry in 2019. If graduated from other universities, the students may not be able to practise medicine in China or attend the FMG exam in India.
Proficiency in Chinese language is mandatory for the clinical sessions. So, the students are advised to learn Chinese at least up to the SHK – 4 level (there could be variations for different universities). Those who do not have this certificate will not be allowed to graduate.
Even though the students would get a provisional certificate after completing the course, the original degree certificate would be available only after completing a year of internship.
In order to practise medicine in China, the candidates should pass the Chinese medical eligibility exam to secure the Physician Qualification Certificate after completing the course and internship. This license to practise medicine at the country where the candidate had studied is mandatory for attending the FMG exam after 18 November 2021. Besides, they should have qualified the NEET – UG exam too.
Embassy’s guidelines – bit.ly/chinaadvi
The list of 45 Chinese universities and the performance of students in FMGE – bit.ly/chinarecom
FMGE: top 5 Chinese universities with high pass percentages
SHIHEZI University: 30.16%
Jinan University: 26.78%
Xiamen University: 24.11%
Sun Yat Sen University (ZHONGSHAN School): 22.79%
North Sichuan Medical College: 22.7%
Medium of instruction
As per the guidelines of the Chinese government, foreign students including from India could be only be admitted to the courses whose medium of instruction is in English. They cannot join the courses that are taught in Chinese or for bilingual courses (Chinese and English).