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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sri Lankans top in IMG exams

I just received this e-mail from a friend. An appropriate posting to follow Speedy's contribution.
This article by Paul Smith is from "6Minutes" of interesting stuff for doctors today.

Sri Lankans top in IMG exams

■ Paul Smith

IMG doctors trained in Sri Lanka have the highest pass rates in make-or-break exams that allow them to practise in Australia, new figures show.

In 2011, the pass rates for all IMGs in the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams were 52% in the multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ) and 53% in the clinical examination.



Each year, more than 2000 non-specialist doctors sit the tests, where failure means they will be denied to right to practise in Australia. More than 70% of Sri Lankan trained doctors pass the MCQ, compared with 40% of doctors trained in Russia. However, not all IMG doctors have to sit the tests.

The biggest source of IMGs in Australia remains the UK, with over 1200 doctors brought into the country in 2011/12. Like those trained in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland, they are generally not required to take the AMC exams because UK medical qualifications are deemed equivalent to Australian medical qualifications.




5 comments:

  1. I was interested to read the latest post on our blog , “Sri Lankans top in IMG exams in Australia”.
    This prompted me to visit the Australian Medical Council Website and look further at the data. As readers know, not all countries are obliged to sit for the exams and I looked at the countries with at least 75 sitting and the pass rates with 4 attempts (overall) and the pass rate at the first attempt. Sri Lankan doctors topped the list in both with a formidable first attempt pass rate of 81% (compared to 65% from India, 59% from Bangladesh and 59% from Pakistan). The only other country to reach 75% or over was Myanmar with 80%. There is absolutely nothing wrong in patting ourselves heartily on our backs!

    AMT CAT MCQ EXAMINATION - ALL ATTEMPTS
    Nation Number sat/(pass)/%
    SriLanka 227 (177) 77.97
    Myanmar 162 (121) 74.69
    Iraq 78 (48) 61.54
    Iran 201 (123) 61.19
    Bangladesh 199 (118) 59.30
    India 418 (242) 57.89
    Pakistan 318 (181) 56.92
    Egypt 96 (50) 52.08
    China 121 (63) 52.07
    Nigeria 97 (50) 51.55
    Russia 107 (43) 40.19
    Philipines 146 (50) 34.25

    AMT CAT MCQ EXAMINATION -FIRST ATTEMPT

    SriLanka 178 (145) 81.46
    Myanmar 128 (102) 79.69
    Iraq 50 (33) 66.00
    Iran 154 (101) 65.58
    India 257 (167) 64.98
    Pakis 214 (128) 59.81
    Bangladesh (113) 67 59.29
    Egypt 66 (37) 56.06
    China 70 (38) 54.29
    Nigeria 59 (31) 52.54
    Philipines (62) 26 41.94
    Russia 55 (22) 40.00

    Source:
    Australian Medical Council 2012 Annual Report

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