FORDA writes to Delhi Medical Council over pending internship of FMG candidates

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The Federation of Resident Doctors Association has written to Delhi Medical Council over the issues of pending internship of foreign medical graduates (FMGs) and their delayed internships in the national capital Delhi for the year 2023.

“It has come to our attention that despite the application process closing in February, ’23, FMGs who have passed the FMGE exam are yet to be assigned seats for internships in various medical colleges and hospitals in Delhi, which is done every year through the portal and website of Delhi Medical Council”, said FORDA in the letter to DMC.

The Doctors association further said that the National Medical Commission (NMC) website clearly states that 300 seats are available for FMGs across major medical institutions in Delhi. However, candidates have been left without a clear timeline for the commencement of their internships, which is concerning and unfair.

“It is unacceptable that FMGs have been left waiting for over two months for their internships to begin, while their counterparts in other states have already commenced their internships. As regulatory bodies, it is imperative that both NMC & DMC ensure compliance with the provision of internship seats for these students in Delhi”, said FORDA in the letter.

FORDA General Secretary Dr Sarvesh Pandey said that the candidates have committed themselves to their profession and deserve prompt attention to this issue. FMG candidates have been waiting for their internships to start since 2 months now.

“FMGs play a vital role in our healthcare system and should not be subjected to undue delay. We trust that your office will take the necessary steps to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and in the larger interest of these anxious candidates”, said Dr Pandey.