NExT step to upgrade the quality of doctors

To implement a standardised national medical examination in the country for PG medical admissions, plans are on to start the National Exit Test (NExT), though its implementation in 2023 is yet to be confirmed. NExT will be the qualifying examination not just for final year MBBS students and for postgraduate seats in broad specialities, but will also apply to institutes of national importance. The exam will also be the qualifying criteria for foreign medical graduates (FMGs) seeking validation to practice medicine in the country.

“While there is no official information on the pattern or scheme of examination, NExT will possibly replace final year MBBS and NEET PG, if not FMGE,” says Dr Manoj Andley, director professor, Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Dismissing the need for a single standardised exam, Andley claims not every medical college has…

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