A total of 433 out of 836 foreign-trained medical graduates who participated in the qualifying examination organized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) did not pass.

The qualifying examination took place at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital from November 22 to 23, 2023. The examination, conducted in a Computer-Based Test (CBT) format, featured graduates taking the test at four different centers in Kano State: BMG Institute of Information Technology, JAMB Professional Test Centre, Kano Cooperative CBT Centre, and Treztech.

The examination included components such as a computer-based test, a picture-based test, and an objective structural clinical examination. Findings revealed that a significant number of medical and dental graduates struggled, particularly in the CBT section.

The initial list of shortlisted candidates, comprising 836 foreign-trained medical degree holders, highlights the competitive nature of the examination. Annually, numerous Nigerians pursue medical degrees abroad, investing substantial resources in tuition and accommodation fees, and dedicating several years to their studies. Popular destinations for Nigerian medical students include Ukraine, Sudan, Cyprus, Egypt, The Caribbean, Russia, Belarus, India, Hungary, Guyana, Niger Republic, and Benin Republic.

However, upon completion of their studies, these graduates must pass the MDCN assessment to obtain a license to practice in Nigeria. The MDCN serves as the regulatory body for Medicine, Dentistry, and Alternative Medicine in Nigeria, safeguarding the nation’s healthcare system. The assessment, conducted biannually, evaluates candidates’ proficiency in applying basic medical sciences and clinical skills in a healthcare setting. Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, the MDCN Registrar, emphasized in a recent interview with The PUNCH that the assessment examination aligns with global practices.


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