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A total of 439 foreign-trained medical and dental graduates failed the assessment examination organised by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
The MDCN conducted the two-day assessment examination on November 23 and 24, 2022, at Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.
This was stated by Dr Tijani Sanusi, the council’s Registrar, in an interview with Punch on Sunday.
According to Sanusi, 916 foreign-trained medical and dental candidates took the assessment examination but only 477 candidates were successful.
He said, “24 candidates sat for the examination in Dentistry, eight passed and 16 failed. 892 candidates sat for the medical examination, 469 passed and 423 failed.”
Sanusi described the assessment as a global practice, noting that no professional is permitted to practice in another jurisdiction without sitting for the examination.
He stressed, “It is a global practice that if you train in a particular jurisdiction and you want to go to another jurisdiction, you subject yourself to an assessment examination.
He added, “Even if you are a Professor of Medicine here and you have never practised in the United Kingdom or the United States, when you go in there, you subject yourself to their assessment examination.”
The MDCN assessment examination is mandatory for all doctors not trained in Nigeria but who intend to practice in Nigeria.
The MDCN is a body that regulates the practice of Medicine, Dentistry, and Alternative Medicine in Nigeria to ensure the best healthcare delivery.