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433 Foreign-Trained Doctors Fail MDCN Qualifying Exam 

Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria


433 Foreign-Trained Doctors Fail MDCN Qualifying Exam 

The result of the examination revealed that only 403 passed.

Kano State– 433 out of the 836 foreign-trained medical graduates who undertook the qualifying examination organized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) have failed, raising concerns about the standards of medical education abroad.

The qualifying examination, a crucial step for foreign-trained medical professionals seeking to practice in Nigeria, took place at the prestigious Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital on November 22 and 23, 2023.

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The examination is designed to assess the competency and knowledge of medical graduates who obtained their degrees from institutions outside Nigeria.

The examination which comprises of computer-based test, a picture-based test, and an objective structural clinical examination, took place at four different centres, namely: BMG Institute of Information Technology; JAMB Professional Test Centre; Kano Cooperative CBT Centre, and Treztech, all in Kano State.

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Findings showed that most of the medical and dental graduates performed poorly in the CBT.

In the list of shortlisted candidates in Abuja, it was noted that a total of 836 candidates with medical degrees from foreign universities were shortlisted for the examination at the first instance.

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The result of the examination revealed that only 403 passed.

The MDCN is the body that regulates the practice of Medicine, Dentistry, and Alternative Medicine in the country to safeguard the nation’s health care system.

The MDCN conducts the assessment twice a year. The examination tests the candidates’ ability to apply their basic medical sciences and clinical skills in a healthcare setting.

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