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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 171

MAMC to US(MLE): A rising trend

Department of Radiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Date of Web Publication30-Sep-2015

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Vibhor Wadhwa
Department of Radiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
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DOI: 10.4103/2394-7438.166313

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It is a known fact that MAMC is the trendsetter for the road to residency in the United States (US). With over 1,500 graduates practicing in the US, MAMC is one of the largest "exporter" of medical graduates from India. In 2015, 17 Maulanians matched into residency positions in the National Residency Match Program, more than any other medical college in the country. For many years, India has contributed the highest number of International Medical Graduates to the US residency match, next only to the US itself! In 2014, 754 graduates of Indian medical schools secured residency in US.[1] In addition, a sizeable number of graduates obtain residency positions outside the match.

The reasons for this Exodus are no secret, a number of which were rightly pointed out in your very well-written editorial.[2] Medical education is struggling in India. Each year, over 50,000 MBBS graduates walk out of their colleges with hopes and dreams of becoming a specialist doctor.[3] But the number of postgraduate seats is just over 12,000, leaving a majority of our graduates stranded. In the US, on the contrary, there were 20,343 medical school admissions [4] and 27,293first year residency spots in the year 2015.[5] It is natural for these stranded souls to search for other options to salvage their careers. And then they stumble upon the road taken by many others - the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The severe dearth of postgraduate seats, coupled with the vast array of opportunities available abroad, are the most important reasons for medical graduates to leave their families, spend lakhs of rupees and travel to a land halfway across the world. It is disheartening to know that a foreign country is providing an opportunities to our medical graduates, whereas our own nation is failing to do so.

There have been attempts by the government to "stop brain drain",[6] which have seen no success so far. Besides, it is ironical that the government expects our graduates to stay in India without providing them for adequate number of clinical postgraduate seats or state-of-the-art training facilities. The number of Indian medical graduates applying for US residency continues to rise, with MAMC leading the fore. The Indian government, in 2008 had recognized postgraduate qualifications from US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand for enrollment as a specialist practitioner, but only a handful have seized this opportunity to came back.[7] While our graduates working in the US may never return, we can make efforts to use their expertise to our country's greater good. Many of our graduates are leading departments and sections in institutions of international repute. Establishing mutual agreements between MAMC and these institutions would enable positive faculty and student exchanges. Promoting Indian journals among the Indian origin community and encouraging them to publish their research in these journals will go a long way. The love for ones homeland can never, and should never be underestimated.

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Lal P. Whither medical education and healthcare? MAMC J Med Sci 2015;1:59-63.  Back to cited text no. 2
Available from: http://www.mciindia.org/Information Desk/ForStudents/ListofCollegesTeaching MBBS.aspx. [Last accessed on 2015 Jun 17].  Back to cited text no. 3
Available from: https://www.aamc.org/download/321442/data/facts[table 1].pdf. [Last accessed on 2015 Jun 17].  Back to cited text no. 4
Available from: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Main-Match-Results-and-Data-2015_final.pdf. [Last accessed on 2015 Jun 17].  Back to cited text no. 5
Govt Plans Bonds to Stop Doctors' Brain Drain. Kounteya Sinha, TNN; Apr 24, 2012, Times of India, New Delhi; 2012.  Back to cited text no. 6
The Gazette of India-Extraordinary, Part II, Sec 3(ii), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Department of Health and Family Welfare) Dated 7th March, 2008.  Back to cited text no. 7


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