Explained: NMC draft guidelines for registration of doctors

The National Medical Commission has recently changed the way of Guidelines for the registration of doctors. An Indian Regulatory body of 33 members that regulates medical professionals and medical education has announced a set of three draft regulations on the registration of doctors to the National Medical Register.

Ground Report will explain to you what these guidelines are and what does it propose?

What are these guidelines?

A Regulatory body NMC has put on a set of three draft regulations, these are:

  • •License to practice Medicine,2022
  • •Temporary Registration of foreign Medical Practitioner who wants to practice Medicine in India
  • •Registration of Additional Qualifications,2022

SOPs for Medical Graduates

According to the issued guidelines, For obtaining medical registration MBBS graduates have to complete their degree from a recognized college and also have to finish their 12-month internship for practical experience and clear the licentiate exam named National Exit Test (NExT) which is not been implemented yet.

On the other hand, Foreign Medical Graduates have to complete their MBBS or equivalent to MBBS from a recognized medical institute that is listed by the NMC in other countries, finish a 12-month internship in India, and also have to clear the same NExT exam.

Provisions for short duration programs?

In this, the provisions for short duration registration for doctors from other countries to study in India have also been mentioned. They can do fellowship programs, and voluntary community work and can also practice clinical research. The draft also has a provision for practicing medicine at a workshop or seminar in India.
This temporary registration is for a maximum period of 12 months, with the expiry of when it was granted, or the date on which a visa validity expires.

What is this NExT?

NExT stands for National Exit Test, which is a suggested Examination, yet to be implemented, for granting license and registration for practising medicine in India. The exam is the same as the USMLE (the United States Medical Licensing Examination) for those wishing to practice in the US.

Presently, students do not need to pass any licentiate exam like this. For getting a license, they only need to complete MBBS and pass the final exam of their University. But in the future, students will have to climb one step further.

The uniqueness of this exam is that it will be held in two parts – the first one is theoretical or written and the other one is practical where they will be judged based on their practical experience. The first exam will have to pass after the completion of MBBS and the second one after completion of 12 months of internship.

According to officials, NExT may start from 2024 onwards.

The other things in the draft guidelines are:

  • The doctor will also update their registration with details of additional qualifications, contact details, change in employment, or place of work when change occurs.
  • At present, data is updated only when doctors re-register themselves every five years.

These Sets of guidelines and provisions in the National Medical Register will help from the duplication of data. With this the data is more likely to be updated frequently, resulting in a comprehensive database of doctors in India. This comprehensive database will also be useful for state governments or other health programs, which are looking to hire doctors. (Guidelines for registration of doctors)

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