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upGrad Institute of Medical Sciences, Vanuatu invite enrollments for MBBS, MD prog

The 5.5-year MBBS programme is in line with the National Medical Commission-approved curriculum and combines 4.5 years of on-campus learning with a year-long internship 

upGrad Institute of Medical Sciences (UIMS), Vanuatu has opened enrollments for MBBS and the MD programmes on its campus at Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu. The first batch of the two introductory programs is scheduled to commence in the first half of September 2023.  

Tailored specifically for 10+2 graduates from the Indian subcontinent, the 5.5-year MBBS programme is in line with the National Medical Commission (NMC)-approved curriculum and combines 4.5 years of on-campus learning with a year-long internship at the academically integrated Vila Central Hospital in Port Vila, the largest multi-speciality hospital in the Republic of Vanuatu with around 400 beds. While the MD programme, aligned to the US Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) begins with two years of premedical courses and upon successful completion of the premedical phase, learners seamlessly transition to a pre-clinical portion of the degree program. UIMS has earned recognition from both, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education of Vanuatu for granting degrees to further empower aspiring doctors and medical practitioners with a comprehensive education in medicine and rigorous technology and industry-backed training.  

As per the National Board of Examination (NBE) data, on average, less than 20 per cent of them can clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE) — a screening test conducted by the NBE and mandated by the National Medical Commission (previously Medical Council of India) — to qualify for practice in their own country. 

“upGrad, with its strong credentials has forayed into medical education to ensure Indian learners get access to affordable and high-quality curricula. UIMS has been built with a very strong outcome-oriented DNA and our graduates will be able to practice medicine or pursue higher education in India after passing the requisite licensing exams. Our focus, along with curriculum and clinical, will be to ensure our learners achieve the highest passing percentages in licensing exams like NEXT or USMLE,” commented Gaurav Kumar, President and Head of Corporate Development & Strategy, upGrad.

The announcement comes at a time when the National Medical Commission (NMC) has issued a notification capping the total number of MBBS students, medical colleges could induct, to 150, effective 2024.

At UIMS, which is also a part of upGrad, Asia’s largest integrated learning skilling and workforce development company, learners will get exposed to clinical, early in their studies on a multi-acre campus equipped with virtual OT sessions, digital 3D cadavers, medical mannequins, and extensive online content. The medical school has also lined up a highly qualified and illustrious pool of adjunct faculties from some of the best medical schools and hospitals from the US, UK, Canada, and India among other geographies for elevating the teaching quality.

Eligibility for the MBBS programme at UIMS requires the completion of Class 12th with a minimum of 50 per cent marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (PCB) subjects, as well as a minimum of 50 per cent marks overall. Additionally, applicants must have qualified for the NEET UG exam with a valid scorecard not older than two years. Graduate students with a four-year UG degree in bio-sciences can apply directly for the four-year MD programme.


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