In another attempt to improve the quality of medical education and to ensure that doctors in the country are good enough to serve people, the ministry of health and family welfare is planning to conduct exit exams for MBBS graduates.
All medical graduates will have to pass this exam before they can start practising in India. It will be similar to Foreign Graduates Medical Exam, which graduates from foreign countries have to clear before they are given licence to practise medicine in India.
It is on the recommendation of MCI and the parliamentary standing committee that the Centre is considering instituting this exit exam. Ministry officials believe that the move will standardise the medical education in India. The government is planning to introduce it from the 2017-18 session.
This year, the government had introduced the National Eligibility-Entrance Test for medical aspirants. For post graduation seats too, government is planning to conduct a similar common entrance test in December this year. This test will do away with various university level PG-entrance exams.
Doctors believe that it will reduce the burden on medical students. The move will also make it easier for the government to increase the post-graduation seats without compromising the quality of medical education.
The idea, says a health ministry official, is to convert all-India PG medical entrance test into a three-in-one test which will serve as an exit exam for medical graduates passed out from Indian colleges, those who have come after attaining MBBS degree from foreign college, as well as those who aspire to pursue post-graduation courses. This is expected to improve the standard of education in private medical colleges in India.
The exit examination may require an amendment in the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act. The parliamentary standing committee in its report said there is an urgent need to introduce a common exit test for doctors, which will go a long way in standardising the passing out medical graduates and certify the competencies which are expected to be generated out of them.