There are no restrictions on Pakistani doctors working or enrolling in training programs in the US, according to the Pakistan Medical Commission.
A spokesman for the regulator said in a statement that the PMC has been working in close coordination with the US regulatory authorities, including Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and Federal State Medical Boards, to ensure that there is no obstacle to Pakistani doctors and medical graduates being recognized in the US.
As indicated by their recent communications with Pakistan’s prime minister and health minister, he added, the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America likewise backed the PMC’s recognition by the WFME. The representative stated that the PMC had started the WFME’s recognition procedure after careful planning and meeting all standards over the previous 18 months. In order to finish the recognition process, the WFME will review the PMC and its recognized medical institutions in the upcoming 6 to 12 months, according to him.
Once that was done, Pakistan would be able to receive WFME accreditation in 2023, well ahead of the 2024 deadline. The physical assessment for the WFME procedure, which will be completed in the first half of 2023, is expected, he explained. The WFME recognition process, which was started, runs through all of its phases with extensive data and information submissions made and evaluated by the steps of the WFME process, concluding with the final physical visit and evaluation of the PMC and selected medical colleges, it was stated.
The revised 2022 National Standards for Recognition of Medical and Dental Colleges and Teaching Hospitals as well as the 2022 National Medical and Dental Curricula, which have just been authorized and informed, were prerequisites for the formal submission to the WFME to start the process. The commission has been working tirelessly over the past year to make sure that all regulatory processes, such as the recognition and accreditation of teaching hospitals and colleges, along with the introduction of digital licensing for practitioners, the admission and examination procedure, in particular the national licensing examination, is created and implemented to the highest international standards. it was noted.
In 2019, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) was founded in place of the defunct Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), which sought WFME accreditation and invited its team to Pakistan. The WFME visit was subsequently postponed. The existing Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Act does not currently meet the conditions for WFME accreditation, despite the fact that Pakistan has until January 2024 to do so. The PMC, on the other hand, asserted that it has ‘officially launched the application procedure for the recognition’ and that the complete process, including the WFME’s on-site visit, is anticipated to take 12 to 15 months, well within the window of time set for January 2024.
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