Over the brewing debate, regarding the validity of the internship for the foreign medical graduates (FMGs), who have already started or completed their compulsory rotatory internship, the National Medical Commission has given a huge relief.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) issued notification stating the guidelines regarding the validity of the compulsory rotatory medical internships (CRMIs). The NMC’s official notice read, “This decision has been taken after the Commission received ‘various requests and representations.’”
As per the official notice, all the foreign medical graduates who have done or started their compulsory rotatory medical internships in approved medical colleges/ institutes/ hospitals, according to the old Medical Council of India (MCI), on or before October 21, 2022, will be considered valid. However, this will be treated only as a one time measure.
In addition to this, the Commission also explained that any internship that started in non-teaching hospitals beyond October 21, 2022 will be considered as ‘invalid’.
The decision is a relief for several medical students who had protested against NMC’s decision on CRMIs by which the applicants have to complete 2 years of the internship instead of one exclusively at the listed teaching hospital. The appeal made by the students claimed that this would mean those students who received their UG course completion certificates on or before June 30, 2022, would have had to complete two years of internship instead of the usual one year. The NMC had earlier argued that this would have made up for the loss of clinical training, which was caused due to the Covid pandemic.