The Nepal Medical Education debacle

A recent medical licensing exam by Nepal Medical Council (NMC) had a huge number of recent medical graduate failing. NMC licensing exam is held twice every year, usually in the month of April and August/September, with around 700 medical graduates appearing every year.

Today’s Kantipur Daily (page 3) has a report stating that it’s mostly the students that study in foreign medical educational institute that lacks the credibility to pass. There were 180 multiple choice questions with 50% cut off point, back in April 2010 when I gave the exam. I do not recall any change in this pattern till date. Roughly a two third of failures get their medical education from China. The news fail to mention how many in exact fail.

As per my sources (which in this case is soundly solid) of the 650+ of the entrants who gave exam, there were around 200 medical graduates from China who failed. This is big when one considers that, the total applicants from Foreign Medical Institute were around 300.

It’s a cultural phenomenon, and every Nepali parents want their children to be a doctor. My parents had their fair share in my decision to pursue medicine. But at what cost? Medical education isn’t cheap, and while my family was able to afford it for me, seven years ago, the same is not true for today’s economy. My educational fee was economical to the prevailing time, but now it’s simply a burden in economy. With so many failures in elite education, is it right to follow this expensive culture? A six year bachelor degree education for one person, including food and shelter amounts approximately 3 million NRS.

Could the 200 graduates have opted for something else? Is educational counseling in Nepal doing its best for a diverse education, or are the parents this small nation ruining the diversity in education?

My next post will be on Medical education and medical institute in Nepal. How are they changing the society in both good and bad ethics .