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Qualifying Exam Results Reveal 433 Doctors Trained Abroad Unsuccessful, Says MDCN

A total of 836 foreign-trained medical graduates participated in the qualifying examination organized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), held at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital between November 22 and 23, 2023. The examination, administered in a Computer Based Test format, took place across four different centers in Kano State: BMG Institute of Information Technology, JAMB Professional Test Centre, Kano Cooperative CBT Centre, and Treztech.

Comprising a computer-based test, a picture-based test, and an objective structural clinical examination, the assessment revealed a significant number of candidates performing poorly, particularly in the CBT section. Out of the initially shortlisted 836 candidates with foreign medical degrees, only 403 passed the examination, according to the results obtained on Monday.

Nigerians often pursue medical education in foreign countries, including Ukraine, Sudan, Cyprus, Egypt, The Caribbean, Russia, Belarus, India, Hungary, Guyana, Niger Republic, and Benin Republic. Despite the financial investment and years dedicated to studying the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery course, graduates must pass the MDCN assessment to obtain a license to practice in Nigeria.

The MDCN, responsible for regulating Medicine, Dentistry, and Alternative Medicine in the country, conducts the assessment twice a year. The examination evaluates candidates’ ability to apply basic medical sciences and clinical skills in a healthcare setting. In an interview, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, the Registrar of MDCN, emphasized that the assessment examination aligns with global practices.

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