Foreign graduates fare well in PMDC exam

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The foreign medical graduates have done well in the recent Pakistan Medical and Dental Council registration examination. All Pakistani nationals having foreign medical and dental qualifications have to pass the PMDC National Examination Board examination to practice in the country. The NEB Step-III exam (OSCE/Viva) was recently conducted by the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University/PIMS at the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad, in three parts with the first taking place on Sept 8, second on Sept 9 and third on Sept 10. According to the results 150 foreign graduates sat in the part-I exam and 114 of them passed it, while 150 appeared in part-II’s exam and 149 remained successful. In the part-III exam, 153 graduates appeared and 152 of them succeeded.
The overall pass rate was more than 91 per cent. The exam was patient-based with each candidate being practically assessed at 15 stations. Each candidate was given 10 minutes to check the patient.
The faculty of 12 medical colleges, consisting of professors, associate professors and assistant professors assessed candidates as examiners. The successful candidates will be registered with the PMDC as doctors after their names are notified by the Ministry of National Health Services and Regulation.
The PMDC’s executive committee consisting of Prof Dr Abid Farooqi, Prof Gen Khaliq Naveed, Dr Amir Hussain, Prof Dr Ejaz Hassan Khan, Dr Khayalul Rehman Afridi, Dr Mussarat Hussain, Dr Taj Mohammad, acting PMDC registrar Dr Syed Azhar Ali Shah and Dr A.Q. Javed from the NHS ministry.
Committee member Dr Amir Hussain said the PMDC had succeeded in holding a transparent examination. Dr Khayalul Rehman said the PMDC was committed to eradicating corruption from within and therefore, all council members were monitoring the NEB’s system to ensure fairness and transparency. Dr Azhar Ali Shah said examiners were called in from all over Pakistan to ensure transparency.