Medical education differs across the world. Various teaching, training methodologies have been implemented. There are advancements and recognition of excellence in medical education in today’s world. A medicine course at university is usually 5 years or 4 years if the student already holds a relevant degree. In some countries, it may be 6 years or more depending on the level of education and other factors.
Most importantly the desired medical institution has to be approved by World Health Organization – WHO as well as Medical Council of India – MCI. WHO is an organization of United Nations that is concerned with international public health. ‘WHO’ is the directing and coordinating authority on international health work. It sets norms and standards for quality health care. On the other hand, the Medical Council of India is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. It is responsible for recognition of medical qualifications of medical institutions.
A common national entrance exam, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), has been made mandatory for admission to all medical courses in the country. Students may pursue medical education abroad and have to qualify a screening test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam [FMGE], for registration to practice in India after obtaining primary medical qualification [MBBS] overseas. Indian citizens or overseas citizens of India intending to obtain a primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS course abroad.