NEB exams mandatory for Cuban medical graduates: PMDC

ISLAMABAD: The licensing examination through National Examination Board NEB is mandatory for all Pakistani nationals having foreign medical and dental qualification obtained from any country including Cuba.Registrar, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC Dr. Raja Amjad Mehmood clarifying a press statement by Cuban medical graduates said that the registration of Cuban medical graduates through NEB examination has already brought to notice of different committees of the parliament.He added the issue was also brought to notice of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan that as per status of PMDC Council decision.The PMDC council in a meeting held on this issue decided that all Pakistani students who obtained foreign basic medical and dental qualification have to get their registration through NEB examination. He said the meeting also decided that all students should appear in the NEB examination conducted by PMDC after award of degree from Cuba.PMDC will provide the table of specification for NEB examination to HEC, which will be shared with medical students in Cuba, he added.He said Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi will complete the online web based module for preparation of NEB examination latest by June 1, which will be available on the university website. He said online registration of students including user name, password and all other necessary assistance to access the module will be the responsibility of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi.He said the meeting decided that Dow University will provide the first module to HEC within two weeks which will be uploaded on HEC website. Similarly the house job of these students in Pakistan will be exempted subject to the relevant Cuban Authority certify that students have completed five years of medical education and sixth year as house job.The additional requirement of subjects/module as identified by PMDC will be incorporated in the sixth year of house job Cuba by the relevant Cuban authorities, he added.Dr. Amjad said as per PMDC rules only those medical and dental graduates who have major postgraduate’s qualification like diploma of American Board, FRCS (UK) or equivalent are exempted from NEB examination.The purpose of NEB examination, which was started 1990 as to examination the competency and skills of medical and dental doctors to maintaining minimum standards of medical and dental education. Thousand of medical and dental graduates have already appeared in these examinations and cleared this examination and have taken registration from the Council and are serving to the nation. He added the PMDC is facilitating all the Cuban graduates through Higher Education Commission to issue the eligibility certificate in this regard. 

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