Islamabad: The National Medical Authority announced the results of the recent National Level I (medical) licensing exam on Monday, showing that foreign graduates are doing poorly.
However, the success rate of MBBS graduates from local colleges was very high. A total of 11,506 applicants had passed the exam to apply for permanent registration with the Pakistan Medical Commission, which is compulsory for practicing medicine in the country.
The exam took place in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Islamabad from December 1-6. 7,233 of them passed, with a pass percentage of 89.64.
However, the pass rate for graduates of foreign medical schools was only 33.08 percent. These candidates totaled 3,437 and 1,137 of them passed the exam.
Shafqat Ali of Lahore Medical College Combined Military Hospital ranked first on the exam with a score of 88.50 percent. The second position went to Abbas of Sindh Medical College, Karachi, with 87.50 percent of the points, while the third was jointly claimed by Kamaluddin Azam of Kabir Medical College, Peshawar, and Ayeza Nadeem Butt of the Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, scoring 86.50 percent on the exam.
Among the foreign graduates, Amanullah from Yichun University Medical School in China won the exam with a score of 81%.
A complete list of domestic and foreign medical schools with the number of graduates enrolled in each institution’s NLE Step-I (Medicine) and the number of successful applicants is available on the official PMC website.
According to a PMC spokesperson, Pakistani graduate exam results are encouraging and the NLE qualification is a good indicator of the level of clinical training in colleges producing a high percentage of successful results.
“We [PMC] congratulate all qualified graduates and welcome them as physicians for the issuance of full licenses upon completion of home vocational training. “
The spokesperson, however, expressed concern about the exam results of foreign graduates, saying their low pass rates once again underscored his concerns about the quality of education, especially the clinical training offered by many faculties. of foreign medicine, especially those in non-English speaking countries, where there is a rapid growth of those colleges offering curriculum-based offshore medical programs, which do not follow the locally recognized qualification for obtaining a license in these foreign countries.