A recent assessment examination conducted by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) revealed that 529 foreign-trained medical and dental graduates did not pass the test. The examination took place over two days on July 12 and July 13, 2023, at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Out of the 704 medical and 30 dental foreign-trained graduates who participated in the assessment, only 189 medical graduates and 16 dental graduates were successful, while 515 medical graduates and 14 dental graduates failed.
The MDCN, responsible for regulating Medicine, Dentistry, and Alternative Medicine in Nigeria to safeguard the healthcare system, conducts this assessment examination as a mandatory requirement for all foreign-trained doctors planning to practice in the country. The exam evaluates candidates’ proficiency in applying their basic medical sciences and clinical skills in a healthcare setting.
Commenting on the results, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi, the MDCN Registrar, expressed concern about the low pass rate of 27.4%, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the health of Nigerians is not compromised. He stated that the assessment exam is a global practice, where doctors trained in one jurisdiction are required to undergo assessment when practicing in another jurisdiction, even if they are experienced professionals.