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ISLAMABAD: National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) VC Lt-Gen Wasim Alamgir said here on Sunday that NUMS has successfully completed the gigantic task of holding medical and dental college admission test simultaneously in more than 20 cities throughout Pakistan and in Saudi Arabia and UAE.
He said that this was made possible with the well-coordinated and robust arrangements made by our trained staff.
The Vice Chancellor said that the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) had divided the MDCAT among the federation, provinces and for NUMS to fill the seats in the medical and dental colleges across the country.
President PMC Prof Dr Noshad Ahmad Shaikh visited NUMS on Sunday and was received by the Vice Chancellor and senior management of the university. He also visited NUMS control room and was given a comprehensive briefing by Controller Examination Brig Saifullah Butt (retd) on the elaborate arrangements for safe and transparent process.
While talking to media, Prof Dr. Noshad Ahmad Shaikh hugely appreciated the NUMS arrangements and said that those students who would have NUMS MDCAT pass Certificate would be eligible to seek admission on merit in MBBS/BDS in private colleges anywhere in the country as well. These students can also take MDCAT which was being conducted by PMC on Nov.13, he added.
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PESHAWAR: The MDCAT Test 2022 for admissions to medical and dental colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be held simultaneously on Sunday, November 13 in various centres of the province.
The test will consist of a three-hour paper as per the syllabus and guidelines of the Pakistan Medical Commission, according to statement issued here.
These decisions were taken in a special meeting of the Provincial Admission Committee under the chairmanship of Provincial Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra. The vice chancellor of Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar Professor Dr. Zia ul Haq, the Secretary of Health, and other relevant officials also attended the meeting.
It was decided in the meeting that ETEA will make the paper of the said test in the light of the syllabus of the Pakistan Medical Commission and KMU will be responsible for the arrangements for the test. The test will be held simultaneously in different centres of the province starting at 11 am and ending at 2 pm.
Regarding the test, it was also decided that the carbon copy of the test will be provided to the students at the end of the paper and the KEY of the test will be uploaded on the website of PMC, ETEA, and KMU at 9 pm on the same day.
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) President Prof Dr Noshad Ahmad Shaikh on Monday said Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) would be held on November 13 throughout the country.
Speaking at a press conference, Dr Shaikh said 210,000 candidates had applied for MDCAT for 20,800 seats in medical and dental colleges.
He said after appointment by the prime minister, the new nine-member PMC council assumed the charge on Sept 7 and took a number of steps to resolve genuine and relevant issues of doctors, students and relevant stakeholders.
He said Bolan University of Medical and Health Sciences will hold the test in Balochistan, University of Health Services in Punjab, Khyber Medical University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dow University of Health Sciences in Sindh and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University will hold the test for the students of Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Varsities in provinces to decide whether to conduct MDCAT themselves or through testing agency, says PMC
“All vice chancellors of the public universities and concerned stakeholders were taken on board to decide the conduct of MDCAT through meetings in every province. The universities will decide on the modalities of conducting the test i.e. either by themselves or through a testing agency,” he said.
He said the National University of Medical Sciences (Nums) will hold the test for its constituent and affiliated medical and dental colleges. Nums’ MDCAT would be under the umbrella of PMC and shall only be valid for admission to Nums’ constituent and affiliated colleges.
The PMC president said the pass percentage in MDCAT for admission to MBBS will be 55pc and for BDS 45pc. Moreover, students with FSc (pre-medical) or equivalent with 60pc marks will be eligible to apply for admission to the colleges.
“MDCAT will be paper based manual test and the answer keys of the papers will be uploaded by the concerned universities on the PMC website the same day after the exam,” he said.
Dr Noshad said in Punjab the centres for MDCAT would be established in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan while in Sindh the centres would be in Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and Khairpur. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Swat and Dera Ismail Khan would have centres while in Balochistan MDCAT centre would be in Quetta.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, the centre will be established in Gilgit and in Mirpur and Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir. A centre will also be set up in Islamabad.
He also said the council had decided to conduct MDCAT in UAE and Saudi Arabia due to the maximum number of students in these countries. Candidates in other countries may either change their centres to UAE and Saudi Arabia or come to Pakistan for the exam.
He said the council had also decided that the National Licensing test (NLE) test for local students shall be conducted through their degree-awarding universities under the umbrella of PMC. Pass percentage for NLE 1 and NLE 2 has been reduced from 70 to 50 but it would not be used as a retrospective.
Talking about the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), he said the PMC had qualified the eligibility for it.
“A task force has been constituted to sum up the work that has been done so far along with proposed steps for the WFME accreditation. The task force will expedite the finalisation of the accreditation application to be submitted to the WFME before the deadline of 2024 fixed by Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
The council has decided that inspection of medical and dental colleges shall be carried out by the PMC, he said.
Dr Noshad said renewal of doctors’ registration certificates had been extended from two years to five years.
“Senior doctors who are 60 years and above shall renew their registration certificate and will have to pay 50pc of the total fee,” he added.
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has started working to strengthen its technical relationship with leading international medical regulatory authorities to enhance the standard of Pakistan’s National Licensing test (NLE).
According to the PMC spokesperson, the objective behind these efforts was to acquire a transfer of knowledge and technical expertise and international recognition of the NLE to provide further recognize the country’s medical and dental graduates.
He said that the commission has made sincere steps to collaborate with international regulatory authorities and to ensure recognition of its standards in key countries where Pakistani doctors seek to undertake postgraduate training and gain work experience.
He said that the PMC has formally initiated the application process for recognition by World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). He added the WFME recognition is essential for Pakistan to ensure that doctors from Pakistan are able to go and train and work internationally.
The PMC will be closely liaising with WFME and other international organizations to ensure that all requirements for recognition are fully met prior to the actual assessment and inspection process of WFME, he added.
He said that the entire process of assessment including a physical visit by the WFME and inspection is expected to take 12 to 15 months, which is well within the time frame of 2024 when WFME recognition will be mandatory to enable Pakistani doctors and students to study or work abroad and specifically in compliance to the requirements of the authorities in the United States, he added.
In addition, PMC as part of the process planned for extensive workshops and seminars for all medical colleges in Pakistan over the next four months to assist in capacity building and enable and prepare all medical colleges for the WFME visit and inspections.
The WFME recognition process initiated runs its full course divided over phases with extensive data and information submissions made and evaluated as per the steps of the WFME process culminating in the final physical visit and assessment of the PMC and selected medical colleges. It has taken the commission extensive efforts and continued work for almost 18 months to prepare for the WFME process, which is now complete.
The formal application to WFME to initiate the process required the prior approval of the new 2022 national standards for recognition of medical and dental colleges and teaching hospitals as well as the 2022 national medical and dental curricula. These requirements have recently been approved and notified after the invaluable and immense effort including hundreds of hours of work put in by the National Medical and Dental Academic Board over the last 15 months to formulate and structure these standards and the curriculum.
The standards and curriculum provide the foundation for modern medical and dental education systems and the Board will be continuing their work to consistently Boost the standards and curriculum raising the quality bar for both colleges and students.
The commission has worked tirelessly to ensure that all regulatory processes including the recognition and accreditation of teaching hospitals and colleges as well as the admission and examination process and especially the national licensing examination are designed and implemented at the highest international standards including the introduction of digital licensing for practitioners.
These are key aspects required for the WFME recognition process. The commission had unfortunately inherited a system that was based on outdated and manual processes without the proper transparency or objectivity required in a modern regulatory structure, he added.
He said that the commission’s digital transformation has been one of the key ingredients which has enabled the large-scale reforms to the medical and dental sector regulation. The PMC is also a full member of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).
The PMC is today internationally recognized as the exclusive regulatory body in Pakistan following the highest standards for medical and dental education and licensure of medical and dental practitioners.
Bengaluru: The NEET Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) 2022 counselling procedure was stopped by the Karnataka High Court. According to KEA, PG counselling has been discontinued under the High Court's directives. The KEA announcement stated that the matter would be called on October 30, 2022, for further consideration. "Interim decision passed today in WP Nos. 20512/2022 and 20701/2022, the Hon'ble High Court has stopped all further process of counselling and admission to PG courses for the year 2022," said the statement by KEA, Karnataka Common Entrance Test.
For admission to PG medical and dentistry programmes, KEA has updated the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) 2022 counselling schedule. "With the exception of in-service applicants, the first round seat allocation result for admission to PG medical and PG dental programmes has been announced on October 14, 2022. Candidates are advised to take the necessary actions in accordance with the updated schedule that is provided below after seat allocation, according to a KEA release.NEET PG Counselling 2022 Round 2: MCC application for NRI conversion starts for round 2
The updated KEA schedule stipulates that the Choice-1 and Choice-2 applicants must pay the fees by October 18 in order to participate. The candidates can turn in their original paperwork between October 17 and October 19, and they have until October 20 to report to the designated medical and dental colleges.
But now that PG counselling has been halted, aspirants must wait for further HC directives.
COMEDK Seat Allotment Round 2: The Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) will today release the second round allotment result for Under Graduate Entrance Test (UGET) engineering. Candidates who appeared for the test can check the round two list at the official website – comedk.org.
Interested candidates should remember that today's list is for HKR (Hyderabad- Karnataka region) category only.
Step 1: Go to the official website – comedk.org
Step 2: Click on the link studying COMEDK Engineering seat allotment result under the notifications tab.
Step 3: Enter your credentials such as application or roll number and date of birth or password.
Step 4: The result will be visible on your screen.
Step 5: obtain and save it for future reference.
According to the official schedule, the edit option for choice filling will begin at 12 pm today and conclude at 2 pm of October 17. After that, the round two phase one allotment result will be declared at 2 pm of October 18.
The decision making fee payment will begin at 2 pm of October 18 and end at 5 pm of October 19. Following that, candidates will have time form 2 pm of October 18 till 5 pm of October 25 to report to their allotted college to accept and freeze their choice/selection.