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NMC steps in to alleviate problems of Ukraine returned MBBS students

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has stepped in to alleviate the predicament faced by Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs) who encountered disruptions in their education in Ukraine due to pandemic or war-related reasons.

FMGs who partially completed their medical courses offline at foreign medical institutes and returned to India, regardless of whether they completed an internship, must obtain provisional registration from the concerned State Medical Council.

Following this, they are required to undergo a one-year Clinical Rotating Internship (CRMI) in line with the CRMI Regulation of 2021. These FMGs will also be eligible for stipends equivalent to those received by Indian medical graduates.

Compensating for discontinued final year
For FMGs whose final year studies were disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic or war and who completed their FMG course and examinations solely online, a one-year clinical clerkship (CC) within the country is mandated.

Two-year clinical clerkship
FMGs that faced interruptions during the penultimate year due to pandemic or war-related reasons and completed their studies and examinations online are required to undergo a comprehensive two-year clinical clerkship.

This clerkship, substantiated by a logbook and authenticated by the college authority, aims to compensate for the absence of hands-on training. Similar to previous scenarios, Indian medical colleges can charge FMGs a maximum clerkship fee of Rs 5,000 per month.

In a significant provision, the NMC has granted FMGs from Ukraine the option to continue their studies in a different country, excluding India. However, the degrees for these students will be conferred by the university they choose to migrate to. This provision for transfer, migration, or mobility must be initiated within three months from the date of the public notice issuance. India Today

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