About 51 percent of the total number of foreign-trained medical graduates who sat for the just concluded qualifying examination set up by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) failed.

The qualifying examination which was held November 22 and 23, 2023 at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital recorded a total number of 836 foreign-trained medical graduates shortlisted for the examination, out of which 433 candidates failed.

The MDCN is a body that regulates the practice of Medicine, Dentistry, and Alternative Medicine in the most efficient manner that safeguards the best healthcare delivery for the nation’s citizens.

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The computer-based qualifying examination was conducted at four different centers in Kano state. BMG Institute of Information Technology, JAMB Professional Test Center, Kano Cooperative CBT Center, and Treztech were the centers. The examination comprised a computer-based test, a picture-based test, and an objective structural clinical examination.

The examination is organized for Medical and Dental graduates who completed their studies abroad and as such are required to pass the qualifying assessment set up by MDCN to obtain a license to practice in Nigeria.

The MDCN conducts this assessment twice a year, with the last batch held in July. This assessment is arranged to test the medical graduates’ ability to apply their basic medical sciences and clinical skills in a healthcare setting.