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India asks Chinese authorities to ensure training for medical students



“The [Indian] Embassy has apprised the Chinese authorities concerned and medical colleges with a request that they should ensure that all Indian students coming to China for clinical medicine programmes are educated, trained and facilitated so that they can fulfill the above requirements of National Medical Commission,” says a statement by the Indian Embassy.

It reminded current and prospective medical students in China, as many as 23,000 Indian students enrolled in the country before the pandemic, that any student “who joins for clinical medicine programme after November 2021 and fails to obtain license to practice as a medical doctor in China will be rendered ineligible to appear for Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE)” in India.

A Gazette Notification dated November 18, 2021 from the NMC stated that foreign medical students needed to be licensed for practice in the country where their degree was awarded to be able to sit for the FMGE exam.

The latest advisory followed queries from concerned students in China on the new rules. After close to three years of closed borders, China has recently begun to issue some visas for students to return to the country and resume their studies.

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