NMC Issues Advisory To All Medical Colleges On Conduct Of Fi
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The National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued an advisory to all the medical colleges concerning the conduct of final MBBS examinations in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The advisory comes in pursuance of the several representations received by the apex medical regulator seeking guidance for the conduct of final MBBS examinations for MBBS course considering the unprecedented situation due to the pandemic.

Taking cognizance of the matter, the NMC has advised that all final MBBS examinations be conducted by the concerned universities as per their scheduled timeline while following the existing protocols of the exam conduct during the pandemic. Further, the regulator has specified the allotment of examiners throughout the examination timeline.

According to the advisory signed under the authority of Dr Aruna V. Vanikar, President of Undergraduate Medical Education Board of the National Medical Commission, it is directed to all the universities:

"The universities must try to adhere to the existing norms. Considering the risk stratification of the areas where the Medical Colleges/Institutions are located, if the external examiners are not available from outside the state due to the pandemic, at least one examiner must be called from outside the state to conduct the exams online.

The other external examiners may be invited from the same Health University who is to remain present physically. The internal examiners must conduct the exams physically in the same premises."

"If there is a shortage of clinical material, the same may be replaced by simulating material/case scenarios including the provision of supporting material like x-rays, CT scan, ECG, lab reports, etc.," the NMC advisory adds.

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