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MBBS Abroad: Students From 5 or 6-Year Programmes Do Better In FMGE

MBBS Abroad: Students From 5 or 6-Year Programmes Do Better In FMGE

Edited By Aditi Narendra | Updated on Apr 17, 2024 06:08 PM IST | #FMGE

Foreign medical colleges with five to six year MBBS programmes show higher success rates in the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE). In comparison, graduates of MBBS programmes lasting less than five years show lower pass percentages, as per data from the FMGE exam. However, the data also raises grave doubts about the quality of MBBS abroad or equivalent programmes.

MBBS Abroad: FMGE Statistics of Past Years

Around 33,000 Indian graduates appeared for NBE FMGE 2022 after completing MBBS programmes of five or more years. Of them, 8,438 students – or, 25.5 percent – passed the FMGE. While this pass percentage is dismal, it is still higher when compared to candidates of MBBS or equivalent programmes below five years. Out of 3,772 students appearing for FMGE from colleges with MBBS programmes of less than five years, 897 students passed – 23.8 per cent.

As per FMGE 2022 result statistics, a total 52030 candidates appeared for the exam and only 12148 have passed. Since the FMGE report does not specify the MBBS course duration, the data samples in this article do not cover the entire list and have been picked up after verification from various sources including the official websites.

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MBBS Abroad: Are 5 or 6-Year programmes Better?

Not so much. Many institutions with relatively better FMGE pass records appear to be deficient in other ways. Such colleges appear to lack transparency, reliable accreditation, hospitals and even websites.

MBBS Abroad and FMGE Exam

How does the duration of a medical programme affect you? In India, medical education takes about five and a half years to complete. This includes four-and-a-half years of classroom or theory-based learning and a year-long mandatory internship.

The eligibility for FMGE, mandates submission of the “Eligibility Certificate”, issued before commencement of the course and proof of the primary medical qualification from the respective medical institution.

National Medical Commission’s guidelines for foreign medical graduates specifies that students can practise in India if the MBBS course abroad is for fifty four months, and comes with a mandatory twelve month internship abroad as well as in India.

Note: It is to be noted that the eligibility for appearing in FMGE and practising in India is separate. Candidates will not be allowed to practise in India on the basis of qualifying FMGE.

Duration of MBBS abroad

It is seen that the duration of an MBBS degree abroad may vary from country to country. Not all foreign medical institutes have a five-and-a-half-year MBBS programme with a mandatory internship. Moreover, the institutes may or may not provide an internship along with the degree.

NBE FMGE: Longer MBBS Duration, Higher Pass Percentage

Careers360 analysed 20 foreign medical colleges that showed relatively high pass percentages in FMGE in 2022. The analysis shows that colleges with higher pass percentages offered MBBS programmes of five or more years. Of these, 12 colleges had less than 10 students appearing for FMGE in 2022. These were:

  • University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences, Australia

  • Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland Medical University of Bahrain, Bahrain

  • Mymensingh Medical College, Bangladesh

  • M Abdur Rahim Medical College, Bangladesh

  • Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College, Bangladesh

  • Diabetic Association Medical College, Bangladesh

  • Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical Colleges, Bangladesh

  • North East Medical College, Bangladesh

  • St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada

  • Spartan Health Sciences University School Of Medicine, Saint Lucia

  • Muhimbili University of Health And Allied Sciences School of Medicine, Tanzania

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The remaining eight, listed below, had substantial numbers of Indian graduates and also a good FMGE record.

Foreign Medical Colleges: High Pass Percentage in NBE FMGE

Name of Country

Institute Name

Duration

Appeared

Pass

Pass%

Islamic Republic of Iran

Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine

5.5 years

51

46

90.20%

Bangladesh

Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital

5 years

10

9

90.00%

Bangladesh

Dr. Sirajul Islam Medical College and Hospital

5 years

23

18

78.26%

Bangladesh

Islami Bank Medical College

6 Years

12

9

75.00%

Mauritius

SSR Medical College

5 years

93

69

74.19%

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Medical College Bmsri

5 years

57

42

73.68%

Nepal

B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

5 years

97

70

72.16%

Bangladesh

Dhaka Central International Medical College and Hospital

5 years

15

10

66.67%

Careers360, found information on only 195 colleges out of the 470 MBBS colleges abroad listed in FMGE 2022. The checks included valid accreditation, functional websites, global rankings and compulsory rotational internships. Colleges that had the maximum number of Indian students appearing for FMGE 2022 were looked at.

Checks on clinical internships were not possible for many due to lack of proper websites as well as language barriers. Checks with the official regulators were also not possible in many countries due to language barriers.

It was found that MBBS abroad has different names in different countries. Countries like Ukraine, Russia, USA award an MD to their medical graduates which is equivalent to MBBS in India.

MBBS Abroad: 3 Years Duration

The Avalon University School Of Medicine, Curacao was the only college in the list with a three year MD degree. The college has a valid accreditation, is associated with a hospital and has its own website but is not ranked by any global agency. It offers a minimum of 48 weeks and 24 weeks of elective clinical rotations. However, the college offers a BS-MBBS course for 10+2 students as its three year MD course (equivalent to MBBS) is for graduates and not high school students.

Fifteen graduates from this university had appeared for FMGE 2022, but just four graduates passed (26.7 per cent). While its FMGE pass percentage is high, it is unclear which programme the Indian students have completed before appearing for FMGE 2022.

MBBS Abroad : 4-5 Years MBBS Course Duration

Sixteen institutions offered an MBBS course of four to five years duration. 3,707 Indian graduates from these institutes appeared for FMGE in 2022 and 893 of them cleared it (24 per cent). The table here lists 10 such colleges. However, none of the colleges in this set fulfilled the eligibility criteria set down by NMC.

4-5-Year MBBS Abroad With Most Indian Graduates

Name of Country

Institute Name

Appeared in FMGE

Passed

Internship

Degree

Philippines

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Jonelta Foundation School of Medicine

1489

361

MD

Philippines

Ama School of Medicine

1125

269

MD

China

Xinjiang Medical University

299

36

MBBS

Nepal

Nepalgunj Medical College

176

47

MBBS

Nepal

Nobel Medical College

149

41

MBBS

Guyana

Texila American University College of Medicine

106

21

MD/MBBS

Saint Lucia

American International Medical University School of Medicine

102

19

MBBS

Nepal

Manipal College of Medical Sciences Mcoms

77

25

MBBS

Curacao

St Martinus University Faculty of Medicine

72

27

MBBS

Russian Federation

Oryol State University Medical Institute

52

13

MD

Note: ** It is unclear what kind of internship is offered or if it is mandatory

Only four colleges, Nobel Medical College Nepal in Nepal, Texila American University College Of Medicine in Guyana, Manipal College Of Medical Sciences Mcoms in Nepal, and American International Medical University School Of Medicine in Saint Lucia seemingly offer compulsory rotational internships.

Manipal College Of Medical Sciences Mcoms in Nepal and American International Medical University School Of Medicine in Saint Lucia have 48 weeks of compulsory internship and 28 weeks of elective internship as part of their MBBS programme.

MBBS Abroad: 5 Years Duration

As many as 10,238 Indian graduates appeared for FMGE 2022 from 65 medical colleges offering five-year MBBS programmes. Only 2,044 students cleared it ( 20 per cent). The table indicates the number of students from 10 such colleges and their respective FMGE statistics.

5 Year MBBS programmes With Most Indian Graduates

Country

Institute

Appeared

Pass

Internship

Degree

Kyrgyzstan

International Higher School Of Medicine

3061

706

MBBS

Kyrgyzstan

Osh State University Medical Faculty

1541

284

MBBS

Kyrgyzstan

S. Tentishev Asian Medical Institute

577

121

MBBS

Kyrgyzstan

Jalal Abad State University Medical Faculty

575

112

MBBS

Armenia

St. Tereza Medical University

536

42

MBBS

Nepal

National Medical College Birgunj

363

62


MBBS

China

Southern Medical University

347

43

MBBS

Philippines

Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation College Of Medicine

298

81

MD

Kazakhstan

Caspian University International School Of Medicine

228

30

MBBS

Kazakhstan

Njsc Astana Medical University

206

67

MBBS

Note: ** It is unclear what kind of internship is offered or if it is mandatory

Only Southern Medical University in China met all the NMC parameters. It is to be noted that The Embassy of India, Yerevan has advised Indian students against taking admissions in St. Tereza Medical University, Armenia.

Also Read | FMGE: Why Armenia’s low-cost MBBS abroad is not as attractive as it sounds

Four colleges, International Higher School Of Medicine in Kyrgyzstan, National Medical College Birgunj in Nepal, Southern Medical University in China, and Caspian University International School Of Medicine in Kazakhstan indicated compulsory rotational internships.

MBBS Abroad: 5-6 Years Duration

A total of 1,300 Indian graduates appeared for FMGE from these institutes; 352 of them, or 27 per cent, could clear the test.

5-6 Year MBBS Programme with Most Indian Graduates

Name Of Country

Institute Name

Appeared

Pass

Internship

Degree

Philippines

Gullas College Of Medicine University Of The Visayas

1026

272

MD

Nepal

College Of Medical Sciences Bharatpur

223

34

MBBS

Iran Islamic Republic Of

Tehran University Of Medical Sciences School Of Medicine

51

46

MBBS

Note: ** It is unclear what kind of internship is offered or if it is mandatory

It was seen that none of these colleges meets the basic parameters. Internship was indicated by only Tehran University Of Medical Sciences School Of Medicine, Iran.

MBBS Abroad Duration: 6 Years

Around 110 medical colleges were found to offer MBBS programmes of six years in duration. Over 20,000 Indian graduates from such institutes appeared for FMGE in 2022. About 5,561 students passed the exam or 27%. Careers360 analysed 10 such medical colleges as given in the table here.

6 Years MBBS Programme With Most Indian Graduates

Name of Country

Institute Name

Appeared

Pass

Internship

Degree

Philippines

Davao Medical School Foundation College Of Medicine

2540

750

MD

Ukraine

Bukovinian State Medical University

694

221

MD/MBBS

Kazakhstan

State Medical University Semey

661

162

MBBS

Ukraine

Odessa National Medical University

651

182

MD/MBBS

Ukraine

Kharkov National Medical University

591

196

MD/MBBS

Ukraine

V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University School Of Medicine

585

167

MD/MBBS

Ukraine

Zaporozhye State Medical University

584

121

MD/MBBS

China

China Medical University

582

105

MBBS

Russian Federation

Volgograd State Medical University

549

117

MD

Russian Federation

Tver State Medical University

532

99

MD

Note: ** It is unclear what kind of internship is offered or if it is mandatory

Only China Medical University, China was found to match all parameters. Mention of internships was found on the websites of Davao Medical School Foundation College Of Medicine in the Philippines, Bukovinian State Medical University, Odessa National Medical University and Kharkiv National Medical University in Ukraine.

MBBS Abroad: Which course and duration to choose?

As the analysis shows and as per NMC rules, it is advisable that students aspiring to study MBBS abroad must pick colleges that offer an MBBS programme of fifty four months in duration with a mandatory clinical rotational internship of twelve months. This not only meets the NMC criteria but also gives aspirants a decent chance to qualify in the FMGE exam thereby leading to eligibility to practise in India.

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Questions related to FMGE

Have a question related to FMGE ?

Hii There,

If you're facing difficulties applying for exams due to your 12th certificate being from the Urdu board, you may need to contact the exam conducting authority or the institution you're applying to for further assistance. They should be able to provide you with guidance on how to proceed with your application despite the certificate being from a different board. It's possible that they may require additional documentation or have specific instructions for candidates with certificates from non-traditional boards.


I hope this answers your question.

Thanks

Hello aspirant

Do not worry if you have class xii certificate from Urdu board . Urdu board is recognised by Indian government .

Also if you have completed your medical course or  mbbs from abroad then you will be eligible for fmge if you fulfill all other criteria.

Candidates who have completed their meducal degree fromAustrslia, Canada, Newzealand, United states and United kingdom are not required to appear for fmge.

The National Board Of Examination in medical Sciences conducts fmge for the candidates who have completed their primary medical study from abroad and wish to do medical  practice in India,  every year in wo sessions December and June.

Fmge exam is conducted through online mode .

Fees for the exam is 7080

Duration ov exam will be 150 minutes for part A and 150 minutes for part B.


For details you may visit through the link given below

https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/fmge-application-form


Hello aspirant

If your father and mother's names are interchanged, you must write a mail to official website of neet .

You should inform the authority about it . You must mention your application number and neet admit card number.

Visit at www.neet.nta.nic.in

Log in using your registration number .


Neet is the biggest entrance exam applicable to most of medical courses . It will be held on May 5, 2024.

The candidates will have provision to make corrections in neet registration form during neet correction widow process . It will be in the second week of April 2024


For neet college prediction you may visit the link given below

https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor

Hello aspirant,

Hope you are doing great.

As per your question, though you have submitted the duplicate certificate, you need to submit the original one during the internship process, then only they will consider you for the internship process. So go to the board and you will get the original one.

Hope this helps you!!

Hello aspirant

If your date of birth is entered wrong in fmge exam and as you are mentioning that uou have passed the exam why you haven't change it before.

Anyways it may create problem in future , you may have issues for getting jobs or practising .

so you must try to correct it. You must send an email to the official website .

You may create an affidavit too and present your ID proof with your correct birth date .

FMGE is exam for candidates who have completed mbbs from foreign countries and want to practice in india.

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