MCI has proposed a single exit exam for MBBS graduates to improve the quality of doctors produced in India.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) recently proposed a plan where a single exit exam will be organized for students graduating with MBBS degrees from different government as well as private colleges.
The introduction of the exit exam is an outcome of the increasing concerns regarding the quality of doctors produced in the country and the immediate need to control and maintain the safety of the patients as well as the integrity of the medical profession.
MCI is the statutory body for the establishment of uniform and an elevated level of medical education in India. The Council recognizes medical qualifications, gives accreditation to medical colleges, grants registration to medical practitioners and monitors medical practice in India.
The proposal is to create a separate `all-India chapter' for those who clear the exit exam, so that they can practice in India. At present, doctors are required to be registered with the state chapter of MCI. If they intend to move to another state for practice, the registration is transferred to that state.
It is learnt that not all students enrol into the MBBS programmes through legitimate means and it is, therefore, believed that this test will be helpful in introducing changes in the educational system if needed.
However, many believe that the nature of the medical discipline is practical and a theoretical test is not enough to judge the calibre and capability of the students. It also poses questions to the credibility of the MBBS programmes already in practice.