The final year MBBS students who returned from foreign nations due to the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war on or before June 30, 2022 will be allowed to attend the Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) exam, said the National Medical Commission (NMC). According to the public notice, upon clearing the FMG exam, the students will have to complete two years of Compulsory Rotating Medical Internship (CRMI) instead of the existing tenure of one year.
“In pursuance to the order passed by the Supreme Court on April 29, it is informed that the Indian students who were in the last year of their undergraduate medicine course (had to leave their foreign medical institute and return to India due to COVID-19, Russia -Ukraine war etc) and have subsequently completed their studies as also have been granted a certificate of completion of the course by their respective institute, on or before June 30, 2022, shall be permitted to appear in FMG exam,” the notice said.
It was also mentioned in the notice, “Thereafter, upon qualifying the FMG examination, such foreign medical graduates are required to undergo CRMI for a period of two years to make up for the clinical training which could not be physically attended by them during the undergraduate medicine course in the foreign institute as also to familiarise them with the practice of medicine under Indian conditions.”
The students will be eligible to practice medicine in India only after completing the two years CMRI to ensure that they get familiarized with the Indian conditions, said the NMC. They also added that this relaxation is a onetime measure and will not be repeated in the future.