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Majority of Delhi medical colleges dither over seats for FMG students for internship, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: With over 50 per cent of Delhi-based medical colleges resisting allotment of seats to foreign medical graduates (FMG), who have returned from war-torn Ukraine and Russia, and other countries including China, for their compulsory rotatory medical internship (CRMI) at state medical colleges/institutes, the fate of many of the over 2,000 students, who have cleared the FMG test, hangs in the balance.

While the Vardhman Mahavir Medical college and Safdarjung Hospital and North DMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital have refused to allocate any more seats for FMG students, a few others — Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences & DR RML Hospital — have not yet responded to Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) request so far.

According to DMC officials, over 2100 applications for internship have been received from FMG students who have qualified the exam conducted by National Board of Examination. However, only 212 seats in 10 different medical colleges recognized to conduct internship for FMGs have been issued by National Medical Commission (NMC) last month.

Showing inability to accommodate FMGs for internship, officials of North DMC medical college and Hindu Rao hospital stated in a letter to the DMC that this college is capable of accommodating 5 FMGs every year. Currently, they have 5 FMGs, who recently joined, and are pursuing their internship in the institution. Similarly, Vardhman Mahavir medical college stated that they had filled the intern’s seats twice in the year 2022 — February and December.

When contacted, secretary of DMC Dr Girish Tyagi said, “We cannot allot the seats to FMGs for internship until we get a clarity from NMC and medical colleges as well. We will approach both to clarify their stand for allocating seats as there is a panic among the students.”

Officials said that seats are allowed on the basis of merit. If two foreign medical graduates get the same marks in the examination then class 12th marks are also considered for allotment of seats.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the conflict in Russia and Ukraine, several foreign medical graduates were unable to finish their training in those countries. In March 2022, NMC permitted graduates who had returned to India and received their MBBS degree on or before June 30, 2022 to sit for the FMG test. Upon clearing the test, these graduates will have to undergo a compulsory medical internship for two years rather than the normal one-year period before they are permitted to practice medicine in India.

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