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MCI recognises US Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree, holds it equivalent to MBBS

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New Delhi : Bringing relief to the candidates who have pursued a qualification of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the USA and wish to practice in India, the Medical Council of India has held that these qualifications are equivalent to that of MBBS of Indian Medical Schools.

The decision was made in one of the meeting of the MCI Board of governors held recently when the BOG delved upon a representation of one such candidate pursuant to the orders of the Hon’ble Delhi High court.

The BOG examining the case decided

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The Board of Governors after perusing the representation and observations of Senior Advisor, Board of Governors decided that the qualification of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine was equivalent to that of MBBS of Indian Medical Schools.

In the particular case in hand, BOG noted that the candidate was working as a Consultant Obs and Gynae and directed that she should submit the course curriculum for qualification of Obst & Gyae along with other documents to demonstrate the equivalence her degree to that of Obst. & Gyane qualification obtained by MD Physician in USA.

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as the applicant has stated that she was working as Senior Consultant in Obst. & Gynae, hence she may be asked to submit the course curriculum for qualification of Obst & Gyae. acquired by her along with necessary documents to demonstrate the equivalence of Obst. & Gynae. speciality obtained from the concerned Osteopathic Board with that of Obst. & Gyane qualification obtained by MD Physician in USA. Thereafter, her eligibility for grant of registration on the basis of possessing both undergraduate and postgraduate qualification in modern medicine from USA will be considered.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) is one of the two undergraduate courses offered in the US in the field of medicine, the other one being Doctor of Medicine (MD). In the US, the D.O. degree is legally and professionally equivalent to the degree of  Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).

The issue of the recognition of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a matter that has cropped up again and again before the MCI. While MCI recognises MD degree done in the USA, the same was not the case with the DO degree, leading to series of court cases by candidates of these degrees

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  1. india should initiate screening test for US doctors similar to US doing with India.

  2. Are we equivalent to US doctors?
    All indians need to pass USMLE to practice at USA.

    iNDIA SHOULD DO THE SAME.
    US doctors should take a screening test to practice at INDIA.

  3. Let us open heart to Our own people graduated from different parts of the world. We will become a great country having global expertise. But caution should be exercised in terms of regulations. A fresh approach for a new era is a MUST. Let’s work together.

  4. In India we produce 10 clinical hematologists yearly . In a population of 1.3 billion people if our indegeneous production is so meagre , then we should at least in a short term import hematologists, oncologists of Indian origin who would like to come and practice in India.

    But the remedy is that our age old MCI act with it’s further amendments just allow postgraduates of 5 English speaking countries to practice in India.

    I am a clinical hematologist and clinical oncologist who had graduated from an European Union country and my degree is recognised in UK but not in India.Being a superspecialist from EU can work in all highly developed countries where medical education standards are at least at par with Indian standards if not better.

    Even worse if somebody wants wants to register by proving his capability for example by taking a standard say DNB exam – that too ie there do not exist any procedure via which a foreign postgraduate degree holder can register with MCI.

    BOG of MCI has proposed to conduct DNB test for foreign postgraduates of Indian origin but still nothing concrete has happened on the ground.

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    Dr NRI postgraduates November 17, 2019, 10:28 am

    Medical council of India should consider introduction of DNB examinations for foreign educated postgraduates of Indian origin.

    Passing DNB examination would be screening test for all the foreign educated postgraduates of India. Many foreign educated NRI specialist doctor would like to serve in India if given the opportunity.