Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Health ministry rankings help you choose a medical school abroad



Search for institutes will now be easy forthose aspiring to study abroad without being duped by fly-by-night agents

Those looking to study medicine abroad have their priorities cut out — apart from choosing a reputed institute, they have to factor in tuition fees, cost of living and the city or country they want to go to.To make their search easy, the ministry of health and family welfare has come up with a list of medical institutes they can apply to as degrees from these universities will hold value in India too.The institutes have been ranked on the basis of how students have performed in a screening test, the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).
The FMGE is a licensure exam which screens out testtakers who do not have the aptitude for medicine and select those who are capable of boosting the country’s physician workforce with their knowledge and skills.The l i st has around 286 institutions from 42 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, United Arab Emirates and Romania. NBE has ranked institutes on the basis of results of around 35,000 students who cleared their MBBS exams between 2012 and 2014.About 9,690 Indian students passed t he screening t est during this period with an overall pass percentage of about 27%.

The maximum number of graduates, according to the ranking, were from China (11,825) with a pass percentage of 18.9%, followed by Russia (5,950) with a pass percentage of 18.4%, Ukraine (3,520) with a pass percentage of 19.1% and Nepal (3,163) with a pass percentage of 21.2%.There are 16 colleges and universities from where Indian students have graduated in the NBE screening test with a pass percentage of 100%.Two colle ges in China – Chenyang Medical College and College of the Left Side of China have a pass percentage of 100% Indians in the test. Russia’s Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University also has a pass percentage of 100% as has Ukraine’s VN Karazin Kharkiv National Medical University. Nepal’s Nobel Medical College has been ranked number one on the NBE list with a pass percentage of 32%.BP Koirala I nstitute of Health Sciences is a close second with a pass percentage of 31%.With increasing competition and fewer MBBS seats in India for lakhs of students who apply, many medical aspirants contemplate pursuing education abroad in countries such as China, Ukraine, Russia and the Philippines.Another reason for choosing these countries over others is the cheaper educational cost when compared to the more expensive countries like the US or UK.

Experts say the health ministry move will help students as well as the Indian medical fraternity. “Generally speaking, a ranking based on objectively structured criteria and defined weightage accruable thereto is definitely useful for a student to make an appropriate choice for seeking admission to a concerned college. An objectively-based categorisation is of definite use to the stakeholders,” says Dr Jayshree Mehta, president, Medical Council of India.

Dr Mehta says t hat t he present scenario would be af fected to the extent that the Indian students opting for foreign medical qualifications could make an ‘informed choice’ while selecting an institute. “This would be on the basis of specific quality information handily available to him so that the choice is not blind in nature but is based on subtle relevant information. However, the ranking would turn out to be of consequence and relevance provided it is made in an objective and definitive manner,” she adds.

Dr KK Aggarwal, honorary secretary general, Indian Medical Association, agrees. “We must remember that students make institutions and institutions do not make students.An institution like AIIMS has the best results because the best students go there. Through such a ranking, students can know the pass percentage of these institutions. China and Russia have the cheapest medical fee and that is why most students go there. This kind of ranking helps.”

Students will not be cheated now

Professor Dr Bipin Batra, additional director, National Board of Examinations (NBE), elaborates how the medical school rankings will help students and institutions. Excerpts from an interview. Do you think the medical school rankings will help Indian students wanting to pursue medical education abroad? Yes. As of now, potential candidates are dependent on information given by agents of foreign medical institutions operational in India or they are able to get very limited information. Our interactions with foreign medical graduates over the years have highlighted a dirty nexus of agents duping candidates. This information will help aspirants make an informed choice. We are working to compile basic data on the foreign medical institutions for candidates. Do you think it will help prevent any cases of invalid medical degrees in India? Yes it will. Despite a liberal regulatory framework for overseas graduates appearing in the screening test, there are some candidates who end up pursuing MBBS courses in which guidelines have been violated. This information about data on previous sessions validates the track record of institutes in terms of their contribution to the landscape. If any institute does not find a place on the list, the aspirant has to do due diligence for the same.

An MCI certificate is a must


The health ministry has issued guidelines for Indian students and the foreign medical institutions admitting them. To take the FMGE exam, a candidate must obtain an eligibility certificate (EC) from the Medical Council of India (MCI) before seeking admission in an institute abroad. Students have been advised to exercise due diligence in selecting foreign institutions and countries. They must analyse the quality of medical education imparted there with respect to the requirements of clearing FMGE.They have also been advised to check the medium of medical education in the college where they seek admission and factors such as monthly living expenses, availability of hostel facility etc. Foreign medical institutions have been advised to select Indian candidates for their medical courses themselves and not rely on ‘agents’. They must also ensure that they comply with the necessary Indian regulations, pay attention to MBBS curriculum in India and statutory requirements for medical colleges in India in terms of faculty, infrastructure and clinical competencies at the undergraduate level. The ministry has suggested that the MCI can consider taking an undertaking from the candidates that they have been given full and correct information by the college/university about tuition and other fees, facilities, curriculum of the course, language of instruction/teaching, availability of hostel facilities, monthly living expenses etc. A copy of the Indian MBBS curriculum as per Graduate Medical Regulation can also be made available to the candidates at the time of issuing the EC so that they can refer to it in the context of their training at overseas medical institutions.
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Study MBBS in Abroad : Good Options for Students from India

Study MBBS Abroad : Good Options for Students from India

If you plan to study medicine abroad , you have number of options to consider .Studying medicine in US /UK/Australia can be very expensive . So if you are thinking of alternatives it is here.
To get a quality and affordable medical education you can choose  Caribbean, Russian countries, China and the America- based countries. Medical education in Caribbean and Russian countries is existent since long and comprises medical institutions in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Medical education in China is limited to only the 30 medical institutions approved by the Ministry of Education.Medical education in America-based countries such as the medical institutions of Philippines, Caribbean islands and Central America have also become popular in the recent times. Students also have another option in Nepal for which no passport or visa is required. Among all the above options, there is a strong trend for admission to medical colleges in China due to the fee reduction by up to 35 per cent compared to last year, the permission given by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to Indian students pursuing MBBS in China to do internship in India and also the decrease in course duration to 4 1/2 years from six years. Also students now prefer Caribbean islands to study medicine due to its quality education and very affordable fee structure.

American University of Barbados is a good option for  USA Styled Curriculum with USMLE focused Education.

After excelling in the field of Medical Education and Medicare in India, we have stepped in the international arena and are operating the American University of Barbados, School of Medicine in Barbados, West Indies. It was the initiative, support and cooperation of the Government of Barbados and the Ministry of Education Barbados to extend a Charter to establish the first offshore Medical School on this exotic island. AUB is recognized and licensed by the Ministry of Education Barbados, approved and listed with WHO/AVICENNA and IMED/FAIMER (USA) Directories.

AUB is an associate concern of Era’s Lucknow Medical College which has already marked its presence in the field of the medical educations.


·         Established in 2001, the college figures in India’s list of Top medical colleges in the country .
·         Ranked 25th in  Top Medical colleges in India Outlook Annual survey 2015.
·         Ranked Among India`s Top  Medical Colleges  as per The WEEK - Hansa Research Survey 2015.
·         Ranked 11th Among India`s Private Medical Colleges as per The WEEK - Hansa Research Survey 2015.
·         Ranked 11th Among India`s Private Medical Colleges as per The Times of India Survey 2015.
·         Ranked 3rd Among India's Top Emerging Medical Colleges as per  India Today -Nielsen Survey 2013-14.

MCI regulations & Recognition
Any student intending to join MBBS course in any foreign medical institution will have to approach the MCI for issue of the Eligibility Certificate.
Till few years back, the privilege of exemption from the screening test existed for some institutions in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Nepal and such other countries, but MCI recently notified the withdrawal of exemption.
On completion of MBBS course, the candidate has to appear for the Screening Test conducted by the National Board of Examinations in New Delhi, and on passing the same, they will be awarded with the provisional registration certificate by the MCI.
Students will then be required to undergo one-year internship in approved medical hospitals in India after which a registration number will be granted to them for practice as a doctor in India.
Earlier to 2002, Schedule III of the MCI Act, 1956 consisted of 29 medical institutions of the erstwhile USSR, whose degrees were recognised by the MCI and students preferred to go to those universities.
With the amendment of the MCI Act in Parliament on September 3, 2001, provision was made to recognize the medical degrees obtained from the medical institutions all over the world.
The MCI decided to award recognition to the ‘primary medical qualification’ obtained abroad, if the name of the degree and the institution awarding the same are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the WHO.

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