'Medical students studying abroad must register'

HARARE - Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) has urged medical and dental students studying abroad to register with the organisation to ease their entry into practice when they return back home.

“It has come to the notice of the MDPCZ that a significant number of Zimbabweans are studying medicine and dentistry abroad with a view to return home to undertake the internship and subsequent register as medical and dental practitioners. Council is calling such medical and dental students to register with the MDPCZ as medical or dental students in terms of Section 77(3) of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19).

“This will enable the students to undertake elective training whilst on holiday thereby enhancing their familiarisation with the local system in designated Teaching Units in preparation for the MDPCZ registration examination upon successful completion of their medical/dental degree,” MDPCZ said in a statement.

MDPCZ said candidates will not be allowed to sit the Council registration examination without the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFGM) verification and the required entry requirements as this has become necessary to safeguard the public of Zimbabwe by ensuring that health care is provided by qualified and competent doctors. 

Comments (3)

The idea of familiarisation works if there is a working system to actually look at . Zimbabwe's health care system is non existent and frankly it's ridiculous to even be asking this for those that are willing to come and practise in Zim .

Zviko - 30 January 2019

Its a weak attempt at giving the impression that there is an upsurge in applications by those studying medicine abroad to practise here. The major reason for going to study abroad is the rot in both the education and health sector under zanupf regime which still persists today.

Sinyo - 31 January 2019

This works on paper and possibly in another country sans the level of corruption in Zimbabwe and a council that is less inept , but the exams these people administer are unstandardised and set competent doctors up for failure. You have brilliant doctors trained and licensed in some of the best health care systems this world knows, willing to work, learn and adapt, stuck in Zimbabwe for whatever reason unable to register because they can't pass your impossible to pass exams. Then if they do happen to pass (extremely rare), can't find an available post. It's just sad all-round. My advice if you're a foreign-trained medical student, don't come back. Write PLAB, USMLE, AMC. Anything really. You'll be very very disappointed if you come back here. They treat you as if you got your degree under a tree.

Frustrated! - 1 February 2019

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