Only 40% of foreign-trained doctors passed Nigeria’s medical licensing exam

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Over 50% of foreign trained doctors failed Nigeria’s MDCN exams

Out of a total of 334 doctors and seven dentists who graduated from medical colleges outside Nigeria and registered for assessment to secure a medical practising license from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), only 160 doctors and four dentists passed. This is a 40 per cent success rate.

Passing the examination determines eligibility of new practitioners to be provisionally registered by the council.

More than half of the foreign-trained doctors and dentists failed the examinations. At their induction at the MDCN headquarters, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, called the pass rate “worrisome.”

“Parents, please ask questions before you send your ward to overseas institutions. The fact it [the institution]is foreign does not make it good or excellent. Shine your eyes before you spend your hard-earned dollars sending your child to a school that’s not good,” he said.

Daily Trust reported the acting registrar of the MDCN, Tajudeen Sanusi, said the council’s examination was to ensure that the medical training Nigerian students get abroad measure up to standards in Nigeria.

 

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