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Career options after passing the FMGE in India

1. Masters in India:

  • FMGs are eligible to appear in various PGMEE (NEET-PG, DNB, AIIMS, JIPMER etc) to either opt for some free seats or paid ones after clearing the FMGE & acquiring the MCI/provincial registration.
    • 3 years MD/ MS courses are available in various specialties.
    • 2 years of Diploma courses in various specialties.
    • 3 years DNB courses in various specialties
MD/MSDNB
Currently, both are considered by MCI to be equivalent but only the names are misleading
  • PG degree
  • PG diploma
  • 3 years of courses
  • 3 years of courses
  • Clinical exposure is good in government institutions but variable In private ones
  • Mostly provided in private hospitals where clinical exposure (especially surgical exposure) is lower compared to government hospitals
  • Generally high passing rate
  • Low passing rate depending on your course and hospital where you do the course
Many hospitals give preference to the MD/MS candidates over the DNB candidates

2. MRCP/MRCS courses in India by Royal college:

  • MCI recognizes the PG courses provided by Specialists Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges (STAMRC)
  • MRCP/MRCS courses available in India in various private institution registered under the Specialists Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges (STAMRC) shall be an alternative option for PG courses in India
  • Currently, MRCP/MRCS  & MD/MS are considered by MCI to be equivalent ones.

4. Masters in Health Administration (MHA):

  • Its an MD course (3 years)that will fetch you a high-end job (high salary) to administer & manage big hospitals, clinics & insurance companies.

5. Research options

6. UPSC  & Combined Medical Services (CMS):

  • Medical Officers posts in Government institutions like Railways & Municipal Corporations
  • CMS examination: FMGs are eligible to appear in  CMS examination (Conducted by UPSC) after clearing the FMGE & acquiring the MCI/provincial registration.
  • Permanent job with the Government, reasonable salary, low workload, clinical + partially administrative job & can enjoy the facilities provided by the government as a

7. Civil Services:

  • Civil Services exam: FMGs are eligible to appear in  CMS examination (Conducted by UPSC)after clearing the FMGE & acquiring the MCI/provincial registration.
  • Purely administrative job, Permanent job with the Government, reasonable salary, low workload & can enjoy the facilities provided by the government as a

8. MBA:

  • Pharmaceutical companies and many private hospitals are in search of Doctors with an MBA degree
  • There are a number of institutions in India that provide MBA programs currently.

9. Masters in Medical Science and Technology (MMST) & M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences:

    • Nonclinical field of health care where there is a potentially high demand for talented people in handling/developing medical machines and instruments, biotechnology & Bioinformatics.

Career options after passing the FMGE Abroad

1. USMLE

The United States Medical Licensing Examination thoroughly assesses how well you can apply your skills, values, and attitudes to real life, patient-centered scenarios.

Steps 1, 2 CK, and 2 CS

Requirements

  • Officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US or Canadian medical school leading to the MD degree (LCME accredited), OR
  • Officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a US medical school leading to the DO degree(AOA accredited), OR
  •  Officially enrolled in, or a graduate of, a medical school outside the US and Canada listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements; and meet other ECFMG criteria

Additional information

  • Must meet eligibility requirements at the time of application AND on test day
  • If you are dismissed or withdraw(n) from medical school, you are not eligible for the USMLE, even if you are appealing the school’s decision or are otherwise contesting your status

Step 3

Requirements

  • Possess the MD degree (or its equivalent) or the DO degree from an LCME- or AOA-accredited US or Canadian medical school or from a medical school outside the US and Canada listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements, AND
  • Pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, AND
  • Possess ECFMG Certification if you are a graduate of a medical school outside the US and Canada

Additional information

  • Must meet eligibility requirements prior to submitting your application AND on the day of testing

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2. AMC:  Standard Pathway (AMC Examination)

  • The AMC administers national examinations of overseas-trained medical practitioners who want to practice medicine in Australia.
  • The AMC Examinations are designed to assess the medical knowledge and clinical skills of overseas-trained doctors whose basic medical qualifications are not recognized by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) & Western Australian Medical Board; that is, doctors trained in medical schools that have not been formally reviewed and accredited by the AMC.
  • The examinations are set at the level of attainment of medical knowledge, clinical skills, and attitudes required of newly qualified graduates of Australian medical schools who are about to begin intern training.
  • The examinations are designed as a comprehensive test of medical knowledge, clinical competency, and performance. Both are multidisciplinary and integrated.
  • The AMC’s Board of Examiners ensures that the format and content of the examinations are consistent with undergraduate medical courses and the standard of examinations in Australian medical schools.

The AMC Examinations consist of two sections ( MCQ examination and a clinical examination) :

  1. The AMC Clinical Examination is in the form of a multi-station structured clinical assessment of clinical skills.
  2. Disciplines covered include medicine and surgery; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics and psychiatry. Candidates are scheduled for a single morning or afternoon examination.
  3. The MCQ examination focuses on essential medical knowledge involving the understanding of the disease process; clinical examination, diagnosis, and investigation; therapy and management; as well as on the candidate’s ability to exercise discrimination, judgment, and reasoning in distinguishing between the correct diagnosis and plausible alternatives.
  4. The AMC Clinical Examination evaluates clinical competence in medical knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes for the safe and effective clinical practice of medicine in the Australian community.

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3. Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCE)

The LMCC and the Canadian Medical Register

  • The MCC grants a qualification in medicine known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to medical graduates who meet the following criteria:
  • They have passed the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II (or an acceptable clinical assessment deemed comparable to the MCCQE Part II)
  • They have satisfactorily completed at least 12 months of acceptable postgraduate training or an acceptable equivalent
  • The LMCC is not a license to practice medicine, the authority to issue such is reserved to the medical regulatory authorities. The LMCC is a part of the Canadian Standard, the set of requirements for awarding a full license. Upon receiving their LMCC, candidates are also enrolled in the Canadian Medical Register.

Canadian Standard

  • The Canadian Standard is the set of academic qualifications that automatically makes an applicant eligible for full licensure in every Canadian province and territory.
  • Physicians applying for the first time to become licensed to practice medicine in a Canadian jurisdiction may achieve full licensure only if they:
    1. Have a medical degree [from a medical school that, at the time the candidate completed the program, was listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools], and
    2. Are a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada; and
    3. Have satisfactorily completed a discipline-appropriate postgraduate training program in allopathic medicine and an evaluation by a recognized authority; and
    4. Have achieved certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Collège des médecins du Québec.

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4. Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test (PLAB Test)

A guide to the PLAB test: The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test, known as the PLAB test, helps us to make sure doctors who qualified abroad have the right knowledge and skills to practice medicine in the UK.

If you graduated from a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you’ll probably need to take the PLAB test.

PLAB Steps:

  • Part 1 is a written multiple-choice exam, with 180 single best answer questions.
  • Part 2 is a practical objective structured clinical exam, known as an OSCE. You’ll need to pass both parts before you can apply for registration with a license to practice medicine in the UK.

Eligibility criteria :

  • Your primary medical qualification must be in allopathic medicine and must satisfy all of the following criteria.
  • It must have been awarded after a program of study, comprising at least 5,500 hours over a minimum period of years, depending on circumstances.
  • World Directory of Medical Schools: Your qualification must be awarded by an institution listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Where a qualification is not listed in the directory we may still accept it if the reason it’s not listed is that either:

  1. the country awarding the qualification is not recognized by the United Nations, or
  2. the institution that awarded the qualification no longer exists or no longer delivers medical education and we are certain the qualification is valid.
  3. In each of these circumstances, the qualification must satisfy all of the other criteria for an overseas qualification to be acceptable.
  4. Where relevant, the institution listed in the directory must have sufficient contact details (address or email address, fax, or telephone number) to allow verification of the qualifications it has issued.

Clinical rotations: You must have done clinical rotations (clinical clerkships) as part of your primary medical qualification, which has given you appropriate clinical experience. This means the clinical rotations:

  1. Must have been of an acceptable duration
  2. Included exposure to medicine and surgery
  3. Were overseen or approved by the institution you attended
  4. Formed part of your overall program of study.
  5. If you have studied at more than one institution and the study contributed to the award of your primary medical qualification, we need to be sure that:
    • The institution is part of a recognized twinning program or a recognized campus of another institution, or It was not possible to complete your qualification at one institution for justifiable reasons.
  6. The course credits that contributed to the award of your qualification must not have included credits transferred from another institution where you failed.

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5. Masters abroad:

  • Postgraduate medical qualifications awarded in USA/UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand are recognized for enrolment as a medical practitioner in the specialty concerned in that country
  • UK: Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Board (PGMETB)/General Medical Council (GMC)/Specialists Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges (STAMRC), can be considered for registration as an additional qualification.
  • Important notice: PGs from countries other than USA/UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand shall not be recognized by MCI currently.
  • Link: https://www.mciindia.org/CMS/registration

Also Read:

  1. Opportunities for FMGs other than FMGE India
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