The Pakistan Medical Commission has declined the media reports, and profess that Pakistani doctors and students have been banned from working and studying in the US.
“Unfortunately over the last few days a spitful and false campaign in the media and social media has been initiated falsely claiming that PMC has failed to meet the WFME basis while mentioning to the decision of the US medical regulators essential that foreign doctors entering the US in 2024 beyond would be those graduating from or licensed by regulatory authorities recognized by WFME,” the commission said in a statement.
Currently, all Pakistani doctors and graduates are able to work and train in the USA without any hamper, it announced.
PMC has been working in close coordination with the US regulatory authorities including ECFMG and the Federal State Medical Boards (FSMB) make sure that there is no hindrance to Pakistani doctors and medical graduates being recognized in the USA.
“In addition to ECFMG and FSMB, the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North American (APPNA) are also supporting PMC’s recognition by WFME as evidenced by their recent communications with the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Minister for Health.”
PMC has initiated the recognition process for WFME after exhaustive preparations and fulfilling all requirements over the last 18 months. WFME will be over the next 6 to 12 months appraise the PMC and its admit medical colleges to complete the recognition process, on completion of which Pakistan will be able to obtain the WFME recognition in 2023, well before the 2024 deadline. The WFME process is a phase-wise process of evaluation that culminates in a physical assessment expected during the first half of 2023, it clarified.