Doctors with PG from five English-speaking countries can now teach in medical colleges in India

New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has amended the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 to make doctors holding postgraduate medical qualifications (MD, MS, DM or MCh) awarded in countries like the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand eligible to teach in medical colleges in India.

Till now, while students with medical degrees from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada were exempted from the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE) in order to pursue medical practice in India, they were not allowed to hold teaching posts, reports ToI.

The move is aimed at helping meet the shortage of teachers in Indian medical colleges. It is also believed that this would improve the quality of medical education in the country. However, the question remains if doctors with foreign PG medical degrees would take up low-paying teaching jobs in medical colleges.

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