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diogenes
10-20-2006, 02:39 PM
It seems that myself and others were wrong in believing that the GMC was going to leave the issue of distance-learning alone in the wake of the St. Christopher's affair.
They have recently added to their web site here GMC | Acceptable primary medical qualification (http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/join_the_register/registration/acceptable_primary_medical_qualification.asp#1)

In para. 2, as well as defining their opposition to 'squatting', they also mention that the degree must "Have not involved a course of study undertaken wholly or substantially by correspondence."
I know of several people who have contacted them by phone and/or email to clarify this edict. It seems that they are looking for 50% of the course to be done on-island. Their attitude to rotations done mostly in the U.K. is still unclear: perhaps best summarized as "we don't like it but may put up with it".
All distance-learners who want to practise in the U.K. would do well to contact the GMC for guidance.

Noodle_09
10-21-2006, 12:09 AM
thats very interesting to read.

Chemist_11
10-22-2006, 04:21 AM
Not good news.

teratos
10-22-2006, 08:30 AM
I think distance learning is best left untouched for anyone. Seems you won't get very far with it. Sure there are anecdotal reports of success, but for the most part, things aren't all that rosy. G

azskeptic
10-22-2006, 11:18 PM
http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/join_the_register/registration/acceptable_primary_medical_qualification.asp (http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/join_the_register/registration/acceptable_primary_medical_qualification.asp)

NOTE The UK changed their laws on medical education again.
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Not involved a course of study undertaken wholly or substantially outside the country that awarded the primary medical qualification.
Have not involved a course of study undertaken wholly or substantially by correspondence. "

To me this would make the following schools ineligible for licensure in the UK

http://www.itgworld.com/MP_MD/ (http://www.itgworld.com/MP_MD/)

http://www.uhsa.ag/pstudent/dc/ntpath.htm (http://www.uhsa.ag/pstudent/dc/ntpath.htm)

http://www.iuhs.edu/online_requirements.htm (http://www.iuhs.edu/online_requirements.htm)

http://www.e-oum.net/weekend.htm (http://www.e-oum.net/weekend.htm)

what do people think?

Straight Shooter
10-23-2006, 12:08 PM
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tinkywinky
10-24-2006, 08:21 AM
It was very useful. Thanks

tinkywinky
10-24-2006, 08:36 AM
:cry: Does it mean that caribbean medical schools are not recognised by GMC for PLAB exam just on the ground that we do clinicals in USA not in primary countries.

diogenes
10-24-2006, 01:02 PM
From what I've heard from the GMC so far it does not seem as if they will require rotations to be done on-island.
However, I cannot stress enough that my opinion is based on what people have been told in phone conversations with various GMC officials. I have not been impressed in the recent past with that body's ability to state clearly and unequivocally as much as its telephone number, never mind something as tricky as this. This is a new policy and anyone who thinks they might be affected should get in touch with the GMC themselves and try to pin them down on specifics.

maximillian genossa
10-24-2006, 02:53 PM
Not involved a course of study undertaken wholly or substantially outside the country that awarded the primary medical qualification.
Have not involved a course of study undertaken wholly or substantially by correspondence.If we take the rule by the letter, then graduates from any Caribbean school doing basic sicences on their island site and rotations elsewhere (U.S.A.)won't qualify.

The key issue is having the GMC DEFINE what time framE or time period they mean by wholly or substantially. Same applies to online basic sciences. Notice that further down, the GMC websites states:

Primary medical qualifications obtained from the following medical schools may be acceptable for the purposes of GMC registration. Doctors graduating from the following schools seeking registration are advised to contact the GMC (http://www.gmc-uk.org/about/contacts/index.asp) as applications will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

St Petersburg State Medical Academy, Piskarevsky Prospekt 47, St Petersburg 195067
St Petersburg State I.P Pavlov Medical University, Ulica Tolstogo 6/8
St Petersburg 197089
St Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy, Ulica Lilovskaja 2
St Petersburg 194100
Grace University School of Medicine, Belize
College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Rodney Bay, Box 2478
Saint Lucia
International University of Health Sciences, P.O Box 1267, Brannigan House, St Kitts and Nevis
American International School of Medicine, P.O. Box 101728, Guyana
Kigezi International School of Medicine, P.O.Box 7, Kabale, Uganda
University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, P.O. Box 73, Orangestad, St Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles

Sort of contradicting for the bold lettered schools.

As other posters have pointed out, before jumping to conclusions, contact the GMC for advise.







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