After MBBS in Russia: What Next?
Every year, the NBE (National Board of Examinations) conducts the MCI (Medical Council of India) Screening Test, also known as FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination). The FMGE Screening test is a license examination and according to legal regulations, " An Indian citizen possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with the Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on or after 15th March 2002 shall have to qualify a screening test conducted by the prescribed authority for that purpose as per the provisions of section thirteen of the Act."
The main purpose of the FMGE is to select not only successful candidates with the right aptitude for medicine but also the ones capable of boosting the country’s medical workforce with their acute knowledge and precise skills.
FMGE/MCI in Russia
Close to only 16% of average FMGE candidates in 2012-13 and 2016-17 have passed, making the examination a tough and rigorous standard bringing out only the best students. Russia is the country the second largest producer of FMGE candidates, with Medical students with medical degrees from the Russian Federation having over 18% pass rate.
MBBS Abroad and the FMGE/MCI Exams
In 2018, the FMGE pass percentage rose to the highest ever in the past half a decade with a 26% pass percentage, indicating a 60% increase, meaning significantly more highly qualified students.
Russia is consistently within the Top 10 countries that produce the highest number of successful FMGE candidates with over 1000 successful candidates. Russia also consistently crosses the Top 5 in terms of pass rates among European nations.
Among Group 1 in the FMGE composed of Russia and the Commonwealth of independent states, certain universities have 100% pass rates in 2018 including the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University followed by the Crimea State Medical University.
Top picks for MBBS/FMGE in Russia
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University is regarded as one of the most prestigious Medical universities recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI), World Health Organization (WHO), United Kingdom, USA, and other top countries.
It is mandatory for Indian/overseas medical students, possessing a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree awarded by any medical school abroad, who wants to register with the Medical Council of India (MCI) or State Medical Council (SMC) to take the exam.
Russia is gaining steady steam and rising among the ranks of being the top choice for medical students from India wanting to study abroad, in terms of affordability, accessibility, opportunity, and availability.