Islamabad, 10 September 2021: Central President of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) Dr Khubaib Shahid has expressed deep concern over the mismanagement in the Medical Admissions exam (MDCAT), saying it was a question mark over the performance of Pakistan Medical Commission. “Any such move without improving the infrastructure should be avoided as it puts the future of students at stake”, he added.
PIMA president in a statement on Friday, said that yesterday, a glitch in the online system made it impossible for students to take the exam. The government should also take notice of reports of corruption in the agreement between the PMC and the contractor to conduct the MDCAT exam.
He further said that the PMC has failed to address the concerns of the medical community since its inception. Every step made by PMC created new controversy in the medical field. Unfortunately, the establishment of the PMC is a unique example where rules and regulations are being determined and enforced by non-professionals.
Dr Khubaib Shahid said that PIMA and other doctor’s organizations have been calling for a national dialogue on the commission from day one but PMC is taking a non-serious approach and as a result there is a growing concern in the medical community. On the other hand, despite strong reservations and demonstration by young doctors and medical students, the National Licensing Examination (NLE) has been enforced. We as doctors’ representative body understand that this test is an additional burden on the students and is tantamount to mistrust of the previous examination system as well.