Visit Foreign Countries to Pursue Medical Education
Every year there are almost 1 lakh students who are writing entrance tests to get a seat in medicine. But the number of seats in our universities and colleges are very limited. Hence there are many students who are interested to study MBBS but couldn’t fulfill their dream. However these disappointed students are looking at other options like medical education in foreign countries like China and Russia where there are no donations or entrance tests which is one aspect that is fetching for our students. There is no need to spend lakhs of rupees on foreign education and for medical sciences. If students are prepared to bear a little more than what they annually spend on their inter education in the residential colleges and AC campus, one can easily finish their medical course in foreign countries.
Countries that have low population but give top priority to primary health like Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Philippines, middle America and those countries with highest population like China and Russia who are in the front row of providing basic amenities to their citizens offer medical education within reasonable fees. All these countries are welcoming foreign students to pursue education in their countries. Though English is not the official mother tongue for all these countries they yet offer medical courses in the English language. So students from our country are able grab the opportunity of studying medicine in those countries and make their dreams come true.
Screening Test for Medical Students studied in Abroad
Students returning to India after completing their medical education abroad need to compulsory write a screening test for them to become eligible to practice medicine in India. This test is being conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) through the national board of examinations. Student who are going abroad to pursue medical course know well about this rule and hence are choosing only colleges offering best teaching in English medium. Those who are wishing to go abroad can now contact those students who have qualified in the screening test on their return from foreign countries to check out the standards of education in foreign universities as well as other facilities available over there. With these positive signs many students prefer to do their MBBS in abroad.
The number of students who have completed their MBBS education in foreign countries and being qualified in the screening test in their first attempt is gradually increasing which is indeed giving a new hope to all those intermediate (Bi.PC.) students to who wish to become a doctor in their life.
Choosing Foreign Universities to Study Medicine
One should first understand the rules and suggestions of medical council of India (M.C.I) before choosing the colleges in foreign countries.
First rule: One should check out the world health organization (WHO) medical directory to find the country wide list of medical colleges for choosing convenient college/university for their study.
Or second rule: the college chosen by the student must be recognized by the government in the respective country.
Or third rule: If there is an Indian embassy in the country where the student has chosen the medical college it would be enough if that college certificates are certified by the Indian ambassador in that country.
If any of the above criteria is met, the Indian medical council is giving permission to the students to pursue their education in those countries.
However when coming to China, India is not recognizing all the colleges that are listed in the World health organization directory. Those 50 colleges that were recognized this year were kept in the medical council of India website for student’s reference. www.mciindia.org/mediaroom/Listofchinacolleges.aspx
Eligibility for Admission in Foreign Medical Schools, Colleges and Universities
Student interested to study in abroad colleges have to meet the same qualification required for attempting EAMCET in Andhra Pradesh state.
They should have intermediate or equivalent education qualifications. They should have cleared the +2 examinations. Physics, chemistry, Biology along with English should be the subjects they have learned in intermediate. Apart from languages one should have got at least 50% marks in the group subjects to study medicine in foreign colleges. However those belonging to schedule caste (SC), schedule tribes (ST), backward classes (BC) are eligible if they have 40% marks in the intermediate. Even those passed in compartment exam are eligible. Students should be above 17 years of age by December 31st at the time of admissions in foreign countries.
The website of medical council of India www.mciindia.org
Equivalent to MBBS
Students going to foreign countries to pursue medical education should have appropriate qualification and have to join only in recognized colleges. After getting the study certificate, passport and student visa they should meet MCI in Delhi to get the application for eligibility certificate. Along with this application, Andhra Pradesh students should attach a 100 rupees DD in the name of board of intermediate for the application. After scrutinizing the applications the eligibility certificate shall be sent directly to the students residence address through speed post.
After completing the course, students need to attend for the screening test based on this eligibility certificate and those who have not qualified in the screening test should not practice in India.
Indian students pursuing foreign medical degree MBBS cannot directly start their practice in India until they clear the screening test conducted by the national board of examination. The same thing has been stressed by the central minister Gulam Nabi Azad in March 2012.
There is an opinion that the screening test is very tough but those students who have completed their medical education in foreign universities and have passed out in their first attempt are of a different opinion. The screening test is in objective method conducted in two phases in the morning and afternoon. 50% of the 300 marks are enough for qualifying the screening test. There is no negative marking.
Students who have done their MBBS in any foreign countries have to mandatorily clear this exam. There is no exception to any foreign country or college from this exam. This exam is considered as the Foreign Medical Graduation Exam (F.M.G.E).
In Andhra Pradesh there are local passport offices in Secundrabad and Visakhapatnam. There are some service organizations affiliated to these offices which were opened recently to reduce the passport problems. There are three such organizations in Begumpeta, ameer peta and tolichowk in Hyderabad. Some were recently opened in Nizamabad, Tirupati and Vijayawada too.
The documents required for applying to a passport are as follows:
Birth certificate from municipality or village panchayath secretary
And for more details please visit the website of the passport office.
Important precautions while taking admissions in foreign medical Schools and Colleges
Those going to foreign countries for medical education should have an understanding about the local conditions, education and their society. Apart from gathering information through consultancies they should also contact old students to know about the environment in those particular countries.
Students should remember that they are in a foreign country and should obey the local laws and college rules for safe being.
Parents should find out the fees and other expenses well in advance to check whether they can afford in their budget. Parents who wish to send their children for foreign education through bank loans should discuss with the banker and arrange the amount by the time their children leave for the foreign education.
Other than English medium students, should find out from the old students whether they can meet the standards of English education taught in those colleges.
Some countries require the students to attend before their embassies in our country to get the student visas. Philippines, Russia and Ukraine are such countries. China and Kyrgyzstan doesn’t require the student to meet their embassies.
Student before going to foreign countries should compulsory have their life and travel insurance done. If luggage is lost in travel or the student becomes sick in foreign country this insurance is very helpful.
Medicines for regular health conditions like headache, cold, fever etc should be taken from here by discussing with their family doctor and should also take suggestions regarding the precautions one has to take according to the climatic conditions in the land they are about to visit.
One should also mentally prepare for the local conditions if there is no possibility of home food available in those countries.
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