India asks Chinese authorities to provide training for medical students

The Indian Embassy has requested the Chinese authorities to “ensure that all Indian students coming to China for clinical medicine program are educated, trained and facilitated so that they can meet the requirements of the National Medical Commission “.

The Indian Embassy has requested the Chinese authorities to “ensure that all Indian students coming to China for clinical medicine program are educated, trained and facilitated so that they can meet the requirements of the National Medical Commission “.

India said on Monday it had raised with relevant Chinese authorities and medical colleges the issue of adequate training and preparation for the thousands of Indian students in China to ensure they comply with the new rules. eligibility to practice in India.

“The [Indian] The Embassy has informed the concerned Chinese authorities and medical colleges with a request asking them to ensure that all Indian students coming to China for clinical medicine program are educated, trained and facilitated so that they can fulfill the above requirements of the National Medical Commission,” the Indian said. Embassy here said in a statement.

The statement reminded current and prospective medical students in China – there were up to 23,000 Indian students enrolled in the country before the pandemic – that any student “who joins a clinical medicine program in China after November 2021 and does not fails to obtain a license to practice as a medical doctor in China, will be rendered ineligible to sit for the Medical Graduate Examination Abroad (FMGE)” in India.

A Gazette notification dated November 18, 2021 from the NMC said foreign medical students must be licensed to practice in the country where their degree was awarded in order to sit for the FMGE exam.

Students concerned about new rules

The latest notice follows questions from affected students about the new rules. After nearly three years of closed borders, China recently began issuing visas to students to return to the country and resume their studies.

In September, India issued another notice to students, reminding them of the November 2021 rules and that only 45 universities in China have been officially designated by the Ministry of Education to accept international clinical medicine students. The students were also informed that they need to do an internship in China and pass the Chinese medical qualification exam and obtain a doctor’s qualification certificate in order to sit for the compulsory FMGE test in India.

The September notice also noted some of the problems facing students in China, which has become a popular destination for medical education given the competitive costs as well as the rising ranking of Chinese universities.

“One of the most common challenges is the English proficiency of Chinese teachers at these universities,” he said. “Few students also complained about the lack of practical/clinical experience in terms of patient engagement at some universities.”

He also noted that a study showing that only 6,387 out of 40,417 students who took the FMG exam from 2015 to 2021 cleared it, while the pass percentage of Indian students who studied the medical program clinical practice in China during this period in these 45 universities was only 16%. .

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that “at least 1,300 Indian students” had obtained visas to return to China. “Communication channels between Indian students and Chinese universities are smooth,” spokesman Zhao Lijian said in response to questions about many students still waiting for no-objection certificates from their universities, which are required for grant applications. Visa. “Indian students are advised to stay in close contact with their universities and return for their studies in an orderly manner as per the arrangements of their universities.”

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