Foreign medical graduates still very discriminated against

At a time when there is much concern about the fate and prospects of foreign medical graduates in the country, those in Kerala had much to rejoice when last Friday the Kerala High Court ordered the Government Medical College, Ernakulam, to delete a clause in one of its notifications which effectively deprived them of employment opportunities.

The Association of MD Physicians (AMD), an organization representing foreign medical graduates, has appealed to the High Court of Kerala, after a notice issued by the Ernakulam college on February 28 announcing a walk-in interview for recruitment of junior residents, clarified that the opportunity was “limited to Indian nationals who graduated from Indian universities”.

Standards

“According to the notification, the only qualification to apply for the position of junior resident was an MBBS degree with registration with TCMC, the State Medical Council. There are so many foreign graduates in Kerala who have passed the qualifying exam in India and are registered with the TCMC. There was no justification for denying them this job opportunity,” an AMD member said. The Hindu.

“Once a person has obtained registration with the State Medical Board to practice medicine, why should they be discriminated against, just because they graduated overseas? That this discriminatory attitude comes from a government institution is appalling,” he said.

Kerala HC, having taken cognizance of the petition filed by the foreign graduates, orally ordered the MCH not to make any decision regarding the walk-in interview conducted on March 4.

The Children’s on March 4 was forced to issue another notification, stating that the walk-in interview will continue on March 8 and that the earlier clause that only Indian nationals from Indian universities can apply was no longer applicable.

For hundreds of foreign graduates who return home after completing six years of study, the compulsory foreign medical graduate examination organized by the National Examination Council is only the first obstacle to fulfilling their desire to work. in their state of origin.

Screening examination

After passing the screening exam, the TCMC issues a provisional registration. Graduates then have to undergo compulsory one-year internships at a general hospital in Kerala (rules differ in other states) only after which they receive permanent registration by the TCMC.

“Getting the permanent registration took more than 10 months and I had a lot of hassle because the council insisted that my medical school declare the medical degree equivalent to MBBS here. It was not easy. For provisional and permanent registration as well, we have to pay high fees to TCMC, unlike local students,” said a foreign graduate who completed her course in Russia in 2015.

“We are forced to go abroad only because we cannot afford the high fees charged by private medical schools here. It is true that not all medical schools abroad are good, but doesn’t this also apply to medical schools in the country? Yet even those of us who have graduated from good universities abroad are looked down upon by the authorities and the fraternity even after passing the selection exam. The derogatory label ‘Russia-China documents’ seems to follow us everywhere, which is unfair,” she added.

She has been working in Kerala since 2017. “I studied in one of the best medical schools in Russia and never during my work here did I feel that my basic course left me hungry . FMGE, however, is difficult and students should prepare well. If the National Medical Commission goes ahead with the proposed National Exit Examination, for all MBBS final students, including international graduates, it will be a great leveler,” she said.