Warning: GMC Raises Concerns About New Vision University in Georgia
Recently, the General Medical Council (GMC) raised a potential concern about whether some of New Vision University's (NVU) courses meet their criteria of acceptance. NVU has unfortunately been added to the GMC list of overseas medical qualifications they MAY accept.
The GMC states:
"…There are a number of reasons why we may add a medical institution to this list. For example, where we have information that the medical school offers courses that lead to qualifications that do not meet the criteria alongside some courses that do."
The GMC assess qualifications on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the qualifications meet their criteria of acceptance. When the first cohort of graduates at a university requests registration with the GMC, the GMC assesses the qualification. It is then decided whether the university's qualifications meet their criteria of acceptance.
NVU began instruction as recently as 2013 only. The first-ever 4 NVU graduates requested to register with the GMC recently. Hence, the GMC has now assessed NVU's qualifications for the very first time. The GMC expressed concerns about some of NVU's courses meeting their criteria of acceptance.
We reached out to the GMC to clarify why NVU was added to the list. A representative told us:
New Vision University is currently on the list of 'medical qualifications that we may accept' because:
1. We have received confirmation that the minimum hours of study that they would accept, leading to the award of the qualification, does not satisfy our requirements.
2. We have been made aware that a number of the rotations do not meet our requirements.
In the future, NVU Students' qualifications are likely to be inspected much more rigorously due to GMC's concerns. If the GMC does not accept the primary medical qualification due to their concerns with hours or rotations, then GMC will prevent the graduate doctor from using their degree to practice medicine in the UK.
More info from GMC representatives here.
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Note: This article's information is repurposed, from the GMC's website and direct communication with the GMC, for educational and informational purposes. The GMC regulates doctors in the UK. Hence, students are strongly advised to email the GMC directly and verify the reason any specific university is listed in the GMC's list of qualifications that may be accepted. Some other universities found on the GMC's list are Lugansk State Medical University in Rubizhne, and Kigezi International School of Medicine in Uganda. Students can find the current criteria for accepting non-UK and non-EEA primary medical qualifications on the GMC website.
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