National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) conducted Step III of PMC National Examination Board (NEB) examination for foreign medical and dental graduates as part of 2019 NEB Cycle 2. The examination (OSCE) was held respectively on 1st & 2nd February, 2020 in the OPD complex of Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi while Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry (AFID), Rawalpindi hosted the dental graduate exam.
A total of 620 candidates; 618 medical and 02 dental graduates appeared in the exam during the two-day event. The exam for the medical graduates was conducted over 4 sessions (two sessions per day) during which 310 graduates were examined. Each of 07 enclosures had 15 examination stations interspersed by 7 rest stations making a total of 22 stations per enclosure. An intervening break of 90 minutes between the two sessions each day was observed for lunch for the examiners, staff and candidates.
A total of 200 PMC approved clinical faculty from across the country were invited for the OSCE out of which an elite panel of 115 examiners from all disciplines was finalized to conduct the OSCE. Besides this, 75 invigilation staff, 24 administrative staff and 40 standardized patients also contributed to make the event a success. A feedback proforma was given to each candidate and majority conveyed their satisfaction over the arrangements.
NUMS’ Pro-Vice Chancellor Major General, Muhammad Aslam (Retd) along with other officers visited the examination venue and was briefed by Controller of Examinations, Brigadier Muhammad Saifullah Butt (Retd) on the professional and administrative arrangements and the overall conduct of the examination.
Three-step NEB Exam is being conducted by NUMS on behalf of PMC since 2017 to assess the professional competence of foreign medical & dental graduates. NEB is a compulsory exam for foreign qualified medical and dental graduates of Pakistani origin for their registration with PMC.