Myanmar rejects medics with overseas degrees

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Eleven Myanmar medics who obtained their degrees abroad have failed a test for licences, according to the Myanmar Medical Council (MMC).

The MMC announced that 11 doctors took the test in October to acquire medical licences (called Sa-ma) to practise domestically but they all failed.

Than Tun, the council's registrar, said those who took the test had obtained medical degrees from the Philippines, Turkey, Taiwan, Georgia, Malaysia, China and Armenia.

He said when the test was first held in 2013, eight out of 15 doctors passed.

Those who obtain overseas medical degrees similar to a MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) must hold Myanmar citizenship registration cards and their foreign universities must be recognised by the government and MMC. The exam fee is Ks 200,000 (S$246).