Medical Residency Training Program (MD/MS) in Nepal

Know details about Medical Residency Training Program in (MD/MS) in Nepal....

Kanika Sharma
Kanika Sharma

Jan 06, 2022 03:45:36

Completing your graduate medical school degree isn't the point where the route of becoming a doctor gets completed! For those individuals who want to flourish their career as an MD, completing MBBS is the first & vital step. The route ahead involves Medical Residency (MD or MS) study.

Infact, during the final year of your graduate medical program, you should start applying for the medical residency program to learn advanced skills and training. A Medical Residency Program will let you have an opportunity to acquire more hands-on skills via training, coaching, and experience.

There are many medical students in India, who aspire to study Medical Residency (MD or MS) Programs in Nepal. If you are one of those aspirants, you have landed on the right page. Today, we will discuss Medical Residency (MD or MS) in Nepal with a holistic approach. If you are lacking any information regarding any principal aspect of this topic, we have got you covered!

After completing the MBBS degree and a one-year compulsory clinical internship, thousands of thriving medical practitioners apply for a Post-graduate study program in India each year. Though, very few aspirants become successful in qualifying for the study MD or MS. Besides, the rules and the scenarios of the Post Graduate Medical Admission have changed to a great extent. Now, all the admissions are allotted only through entrance exams, so they choose the study abroad pathways.

Nepal is a favorable place to study MD or MS courses as some institutions in Nepal are approved by the Medical Council of India and offer MCI recognized MD or MS seats. The candidates can check the notifications at the official website of MCI. Upon graduation, a candidate must review the Nepalese institutions for Higher Medical education.

Before heading diving deeper into this matter, let us first crisply review what refers to a Medical Residency. Let us begin!

What is a Medical residency?

A Medical Residency or post-graduate training is a phase of training undertaken after completing studies at the graduate medical school. It denotes a qualified physician holding the post-graduate degree of MD (Doctor of Medicine) or MS (Master of Surgery) who practices Medicine. The Medical Residency is usually performed in a hospital or a clinic, under the direct or indirect guidance of a senior clinician or doctor, who is registered in that specialty (for example, an attending physician or a consultant). Such training provides extensive knowledge with practical training in a specialized medical field.

The first year of the Medical residency is called an Internship. The internship involves rotating to other areas within one specialty or rotating across different specialties. Such rotation facilitates the MD or MS professionals to perceive the role in which they want to become specialized or gain specialization for the rest of their residency period and ultimately for a fruitful career ahead.

Notably, you will be obliged to perform specific tasks during your medical residency. The major routine tasks of a medical resident are mentioned as follows:

a) Performing the initial diagnosis and ongoing assessments of the patient's medical conditions.

b) Reviewing patient histories and performing physical examinations.

c) Planning assessment and treatment schedule.

d) Performing rounds for medical follow-up.

e) Noting records of admission, progress records, procedure notes, and discharge notes.

f) Prescribing diagnostic tests, medications, & check-ups.

g) Having interactions with the family of the patients.

Post-graduate Medical Residency Programs offer post-graduate medical degrees of MD or MS. Let us review both of these programs.

In general, the award of Post-graduate Medical Education Program shall include the degree of MD (Doctor of Medicine) or MS (Master of Surgery) in the prescribed branches of Basic, Para-clinical, and Clinical subjects belonging to modern medicine. The two most popular medical post-graduate programs which students can ideally pursue after their medical graduation are Doctor of Medicine or MD Exam & Master of Surgery or MS Exam. Including the exam period, these programs have a duration of a minimum of three years.

The degree awarded by different Universities and Institutions across the country will be the same.

Objectives of the Post-graduate Medical Education Program:

A Specialist Doctor must be a competent scholar, professionally wise to critically examine medical problems. He should be holding good leadership qualities, effective communication skills, and the ability to coordinate work in a team. Along with these, he must be having the capabilities to mobilize the team whenever required. He should be a health advocate, socially & ethically a responsible person. He must work for the well-being of his patients and society as a whole.

So, on summing up, the objectives of the Post-graduate Medical Education Program is to equip the medical candidate with the following abilities:

A. Requisite Clinical Excellence

B. Leadership Potential

C. Communicative Ability

D. Researching Abilities

E. Collaborative Skills

F. Teaching Competence

G. Health Advocacy Expertise

Let us also review the MD and MS degree programs individually.

What is a Doctor of Medicine (MD)?

The Doctor of Medicine or MD Programme is a Post-graduate medical program that you can pursue after completing your MBBS degree. According to the National Medical Commission (NMC) in India, this course has a total program duration of three years. The course is available in several specializations. Notably, MD is the highest degree for medical practitioners. As per the norms of a country, the MD degree can be either a professional doctorate (as in the case of the US or Canada) or a research degree (as in Germany or the UK).

What is Master of Surgery (MS)?

The Master of Surgery or MS Program is a post-graduate program pursued by medical graduates to become specialists. The minimum academic qualification for admission in the MS course is the MBBS degree. The Master of Surgery program is specially designed for those medical aspirants interested in the field of surgery and want to get the knowledge & surgical training to gain expertise in this domain.

Here, we must say that it is not a compulsion for an individual to do MD or MS after MBBS. It wholly depends on the personal interest of an individual. However, the sole degree of MBBS may not land you to a highly lucrative career that a specialized post-graduate degree would do. As we all know, in today's modern era, there is a high level of competition in the practical world. Nowadays, people prefer specialists over general practitioners. Therefore, to have a competitive edge over others or to stand out from the crowd, you just need to have some kind of specialization. With specialization and your hard work to gain expertise, you will be able to mark yourself as unique from others. So, to gain specialization in a particular area, we will suggest that you should pursue medical post-graduation, i.e. MD or MS as per your choice & interests.

MBBS in Nepal

At this point, some individuals might also be thinking that what is the difference between MD & MS, which of these is better for your career. Basically, it all depends upon your interest and skills. If you are one of those persons, who have not yet decided whether to go for MD or MS, we will help you make an informed decision.

Here, we have marked out a few vital differences between MD and MS and our opinion on both, which will help you decide better. You should go through it once.

Three Key Dissimilarities between MD and MS

1) Doctor of Medicine or MD program is suitable for students who want to become a physician; whereas, the Master of Surgery or MS program is for the students who aspire to become a surgeon.

2) The MS is a Surgical program that provides you with knowledge & training in the field of surgery. While the MD program is a Non-surgical program; however, some branches are there where surgery can be a part of the MD study.

3) Being a medical practitioner with the qualifications of Doctor of Medicine (MD) usually won't require you any tools and equipment to treat your patients. On the other hand, being a medical practitioner working MS professional will require you to use tools and equipment to treat your patients.

In our opinion, the career prospects of both MD and MS study programs are comparable and excellent in their specific domains. But, it is observed that in terms of financial gains, surgical specialties are more lucrative. However, an individual should also keep in mind that the incubation period in the surgical fields is relatively longer than in the non-surgical fields. Most importantly, not anyone should opt for the field of surgery for their career as it is a science with a fusion of art. Surgery is a creative domain in medical science that demands a lot of skills, caliber, and passion to gain expertise. Also, keep in mind that if you will pursue MS after MBBS, you will have to work a great deal with blood and human tissue. So in case, individuals are not able to dispose of themselves to incisions and a lot of blood, they should avoid opting for MS; instead, MD will be ideal for them.

So, up to now, you must have made your mind concerning whether to pursue MD or MS for your professional career. Here, we have curated separate lists of specializations available in both MD and MS courses:

MD in Nepal: Specializations Available

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees approved by the Nepal Medical Council are granted to professionals in the specializations listed below:

1. Anesthesiology

2. Microbiology

3. Pathology

4. Pediatrics

5. Pharmacology

6. Dermatology

7. Biochemistry

8. General Practice and Emergency Medicine

9. Community Medicine

10. Internal Medicine

11. Forensic Medicine

12. Obstetrics & Gynecology*

13. Physiology

14. Psychiatry

15. Ophthalmology*

16. Radio-diagnosis

17. Radiation-oncology

MS in Nepal: Specializations Available

The Nepal Medical Council has recognized the Masters of Surgery (MS) degrees offered in the specializations listed below:

1. Anatomy

2. General Surgery

3. Orthopedics

4. Ophthalmology*

5. Obstetrics and Gynaecology*

6. Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Please Note:

* In Ophthalmology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, the degree may be awarded as MD or MS as per the University or Institutional rules and regulations.

After deciding between MD & MS, let us move to the next half of this informational guide. Keep reading further to gain a holistic view of Medical Residency in Nepal.

Now, before heading towards the major aspects of Medical Residency in Nepal, we should review Nepal as a PG medical study abroad destination.

Nepal - As an Overseas Destination for Post-graduate Medical Study

Nepal is a viable option for Post-graduate Medical Study that deserves consideration. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Nepal is observing growing importance as a medical study abroad destination with each passing year. Medical Residency in Nepal is a considerable opportunity for those Indian medical students who have been aspiring to for opting Medicine as their dream profession. Let us review Nepal with some significant facets, which are promising for Indian medical students.

I. High-quality Medical Education With Accompanying Benefits

Being a developing country, Nepal offers higher education with various benefits. Due to these accompanying benefits, Nepal is the most preferred location by the Indian students, especially for the MD or MS courses. Some of those perks for Indian students involved with Professional Medical Education courses in Nepal are the high-grade medical education offered by the renowned Nepalese Medical Institutions, the reasonable fee structure of the medical courses,  trouble-free documentation among others.

II. Similarities With India & Its Medical Curriculum

Other than being a neighboring country of India, Nepal has so many commonalities with India. Nepal is relatable or corresponds to several aspects of India. The medical aspirants in India do not need any Visa to travel to Nepal to pursue their higher studies, dissimilar to the rule for the candidates of other countries. Moreover, Nepal strictly confirms with the syllabus by NMC and the Indian Medical books and follows the curriculum of MD/MS as followed in India. In Nepal, many of the Medical Colleges are duly acknowledged by the National Medical Commission of India. Even, the duration of the MD or MS program in Nepal is similar to that in India. Also, the Indian students find it comfortable to communicate with the Nepalese folks despite having a regional language. Nepal is also a Hindi & English-speaking country like our country India.

III. History of Internal Medicine in Nepal & Current Scenario

In Nepal, the History of Internal medicine is less than 50 years. It all originated with the addition of expert physicians from India and the UK. Until the early 1990s, there were no internal medicine training programs offered in the country. It started at the Valley Group of Hospitals, and then it expanded to other public and private medical schools as the years passed. Let us consider the exemplary case of the Patan Hospital of Nepal, which is a tertiary medical learning institution. The new internal medicine residency gained its stand in Nepal at the PAHS (Patan Academy of Health Sciences). The PAHS residency program hosted its first entrance examination in 2017, where hundreds of medical aspirants appeared for the exam.

The internal medicine training in Nepal will carry on its growth to fulfill the needs of the citizens, So, there is a strong need to increase the slots for internal medicine residency as much as possible in all hospitals to extend the count of qualified primary health care practitioners in the country. At the same time, there is a need to develop professional training programs in internal medicine sub-specializations. The respective authorities are putting efforts to satisfy these needs. Also, Nepal will upgrade to even more superior quality medical education & infrastructure in the coming years.

IV. The Regulatory Authority & Progress of Medical Education in Nepal

As far it is concerned with the quality of medical education, Nepal has shown appreciable progress in maintaining the quality of medical education. Notably, in the advancement of the quality of medical & health care services in Nepal, its considerable quality of medical education has contributed a lot. The Nepal Medical Council (NMC) is highly committed to learning from the national, regional, and international experiences and putting them to good use. The regulatory authority that harmonizes and upgrades Medical education in Nepal is the Medical Education Commission (MEC). Every year, Nepal conducts an entrance exam for the medical PG programs. Thereupon, MEC Nepal administers centralized Counselling for the qualified students, based on their merit for admission into MD or MS programs in Nepal.

The old-established requirements and norms which have become non-realistic in today's era are eliminated due to the novel innovations taking place and the utilization of new technology, including advancement in information technology in modern medicine. The Ministry of Health, Government of Nepal, has approved the recommendations proposed Nepal Medical Council. The Nepal Medical Council made the Regulations for Postgraduate Medical Education MD/MS program - 2017. The main aim of these regulations is to ensure top-quality medical education in Nepal. Notably, it emphasizes Proficient Learning, Computer Assisted Learning, Skill Development, and Laboratory and Research-Based Learning to harmonize with the prevalent Regional, National, and International trends in Medical Education and to fulfill the expectation of people of the society.

The Regulations which are implemented to achieve the desired level of satisfaction which is expected from modern Medical Practitioners and will equip the professional with marketable skills that will make them flourish only within their regional territory, but at the Nation or even at the Global level.

Now, let us also have a glance at the chief advantages of pursuing a Medical Residency in Nepal.

Plus Points of Getting Admission in MD or MS Courses In Nepal

As stated earlier, there are so many benefits or perks associated with the opportunity of pursuing the MD or MS courses in Nepal, especially for Indian Students. Here, the major plus points are explained for you.

A. National Medical Council Recognized seats - There are various NMC (or MCI) approved institutions in Nepal that offer high-standard medical education. They offer course curriculum and patterns following the curriculum & standards set by the NBE (National Board of Examination) in India. The medical education provided by these institutions has its focus on the present-day requirements and student needs.

B. Convenient and enjoyable ambiance - The Medical Universities and Institutions in Nepal sustain a student-friendly environment amid their campuses. Other than this, the accommodation & meal facilities offered to the students is also outstanding. The hostel rooms are clean, spacious, & well maintained.

C. Course Curriculum corresponding to MCI - MD/MS Course Curriculum - The MD or MS course programs offered by the Nepalese Medical Universities or Institutions are very much similar to the Indian pattern (as framed by the MCI). The structure of MD & MS Courses in the country is well-organized.

D. Quality Medical Education - The Universities & Institutions in Nepal provide quality medical education to the students. The MCI recognized Institutes are well-appointed with modern teaching and learning facilities to host a productive learning environment for the students. Also, they feature various other facilities for the convenience of the students.

E. No Visa Requirements - There is no Visa or passport necessary for Indian students to pursue MD or MS in Nepal. You can get admission to Medical Universities of Nepal without any Visa, thanks to the cordial relations between our country India and our neighboring country Nepal. The friendly relations between both the countries offer this exemption as a benefit to the students.

F. No hindrance of language - There is no hindrance of language for communication with the people in Nepal. The Nepalese folks speak both English and Hindi, so it will be effortless for the students to communicate with the people there. Also, the citizens of Nepal are acquainted with our Indian lifestyle, culture, language, and even our food habits. Thus, it will be easier for the Indian students to adapt to the culture & lifestyle of Nepal.

G. Reasonable Cost of Living - Reasonable Cost of Living is another principal benefit that entices Indian students to pursue Post-graduate medical courses in Nepal. The Indian Students could not find any other nation as reasonable as Nepal. Not just the cost of living, the expenses for study, food, accommodation, everything will be budget-friendly for the students in Nepal.

H. Smooth Connectivity with all major routes of India - As Nepal is our neighboring country, it has smooth connectivity with the Indian borders of UP, Bihar, and West Bengal by bus. As far as air routes are concerned, direct flights are available from metro cities, including Lucknow, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, etc.

The opportunity to study MD or MS in Nepal is a fruitful one for those Indian medical aspirants who have been looking for a promising Medical career ahead. Some finest medical universities in Nepal are namely the Tribhuvan University, the Kathmandu University, the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, and Patan Academy of Health Sciences among others. The fact of the matter is that many eminent medical colleges that offer top-rated MD or MS courses in Nepal operate under these universities.

The Admissions for Medical Residency (MD/MS) in Nepal are organized via the Medical Education Commission Entrance Examination (MECEE). So, let us have a brief review of the MECEE as it is the gateway offering enrollment for Medical Residency in Nepal.

Medical Education Commission Entrance Exam (MECEE)

MECEE (Medical Education Commission Entrance Exam) is the common entrance examination organized every year for medical graduates in Nepal. It is conducted to provide admission in Nepalese Medical post-graduate course programs. The Nepal Medical Education Board administers the MECEE. It offers admission in the Medical Universities in Nepal, which are duly acknowledged by the Nepal Medical Council (NMC) & the Medical Council of India (MCI). NMC is equivalent to the National Board of Examinations (NBE) in India. By qualifying for the national-level MECEE test, candidates can get admission in reputed institutes like B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Tribhuvan University-Institute of Medicine, etc., that provide admissions for MD or MS courses in Nepal.

So, to pursue MD or MS in Nepal, the Indian students need to appear for the MECEE examination. Candidates who successfully qualify for this entrance exam get admission in various specializations at the institute preferred by them.

Coming to some key features of the MECEE, it is an online examination conducted to provide admission in the participating institutions across Nepal. MECEE takes place once every year. The pattern of examination is the same for the national students as well as international students. The question paper of MECEE comprises Multiple choice questions (MCQs), and the duration of the exam is three hours. Please note that there is no provision of negative marking for the unattempted and incorrect answers. The Indian candidates should note that the fee of the application form of MECEE for them is INR 8,000.

MECEE: Salient Features at a glance

  • Conducting Authority - Nepal Medical Education Board

  • Level of Exam - National level

  • Frequency of examination - Conducted Annually

  • Mode of exam - Online.

  • Type of the question - MCQs type

  • Total Number of questions - 200 Questions

  • Duration of Exam - Three hours

  • Courses offered - Post-graduate Courses: MD & MS in various specializations

  • Official website -

The maximum mark for the MECEE-PG Exam is 200 marks, i.e., one mark for one correct answer. The distribution of questions is stated below:

Clinical Sciences  - 115 questions

(Involving questions from Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, & Radiology)

Basic Science - 60 questions

(Involving questions from Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, & Pathology)

Para-clinical - 25 questions

(Involving questions from Forensic Medicine, Community Medicine and Research Methodology, Mandatory CPD - rational use of Drugs, Medical ethics, Communication skills, and Infection Prevention)

Applying for MECEE PG Exam - The Procedure

Step I - Registration

Firstly, register yourself on the official MECEE site by feeding in your details - name, valid email-ID, contact number, & password. After this, you will receive your user ID along with your password on your email account.

Step II - Filling the Application Form

You can use these credentials to log in to your account to fill the application form. Provide all the details like personal information, educational qualification, etc., asked correctly and filling every field is compulsory.

Step III - Uploading The Documents

Next, you have to upload the scanned copies of the documents required, including your passport size photograph, signature, educational certificates, etc. Please upload the documents according to the dimensions prescribed by the related authority. There are clear instructions concerning the uploading of documents or photographs.

Step IV - Payment Of The Application Fees

After uploading the documents, you are required to make the payment for the MECEE-PG application form directly in the official bank account of the concerned authority. Also, please remember to take a printout of the payment slip as proof of transaction.

Obtaining the MECEE-PG Admit Card

A candidate giving any competitive exam is required to have admitted card as a compulsory document. For taking the MECEE-PG exam, all candidates must have to carry their admit cards with them to the exam hall. It is just like an entry pass for the candidates. After a few weeks of registration, admit cards will be issued. The students can download their admit cards right away from the official MECEE website. You will get a notification about the dates for downloading your admit card via email. You will just have to log in to the ID (user name) provided by them and your password to download your admit card.

MECEE-PG Exam Results

The results of the MECEE-PG Exam will be declared by the authority administering the exam via its official website. The results will be comprised of the scores obtained and the rank achieved by a particular candidate in the exam. Notably, the PG admissions in Nepal will be according to the merits of the candidates. Once the results are announced, you can check the results on the official website by entering your User ID and Password.

MECEE PG Counselling

After the announcement of the results by the Nepal Education Board, the MECEE-PG Counselling process begins. Thereby, students are shortlisted according to their merit. The counseling is usually conducted in November month. The candidates shortlisted after the results need to participate in the counseling session. Also, during the counseling, the candidates must carry their Bonafide documents, including mark sheet & certificates, Admit card of MECEE-PG, Transfer Certificate, Migration Certificate, and other relevant documents.

Now, let us move on towards reviewing the criteria for entry of post-graduates, including the criteria for foreign candidates, the selection procedure for PG residents, and the Specialty Registration examination for the post-graduates.

Post-graduation Entry Criteria:

The Selection criteria set by the Nepal Medical Council for post-graduate residents is as follows-

1) The candidate must have completed MBBS or equivalent medical degree, including the clinical internship.

2) The candidate must have himself registered with the Nepal Medical Council.

3) The candidate must have a one-year clinical experience after the successful completion of his MBBS/BDS in all medical subjects, except Basic sciences and General practice.

4) The academic merit of the candidate must be the basis of his/her final selection.

Criteria for Foreign Candidates

1) The Foreign national candidate applying for post-graduate studies in Nepal will get their registration if he satisfies the condition that the individual is duly registered in his/her nation as a medical practitioner and that his/her medical degree is approved by the corresponding Medical Council or concerned authority of his respective country.

2) For his respective period of study, the Foreign national candidate should be tentatively registered with NMC, particularly for the college/institution where he is enrolled.

3) The criteria for the admission of foreign candidates to any University in Nepal will be as per the rules and regulations of the respective University or Institution. They are required to give the competitive entrance examinations conducted by the University or Institution they choose for their medical residency program.

Selection procedure for post-graduate residents

Here comes the selection procedure for post-graduate residents as described below:

1) The candidates who have applied for the post-graduate academic programs shall be selected on basis of their merit. The norms of ascertaining the merit will be as per the rules for the competitive entrance examination in that particular University or Institution.

2) To ascertain the academic merit of a candidate, the University or Institution can adopt any of the below-mentioned procedures:

i. As per the merit as assessed & announced in the entrance exam results declared by the University or Institution.

ii. As per the merit as evaluated by a national-level competitive entrance test held in the country. The post-graduate residents can get admission in the Medical Study Institutions offering post-graduate programs based on the central allotment system.

iii. To be selected for the post-graduate program, the candidate must qualify in the competitive entrance examination with a minimum score of 50%.

iv. To qualify for a post-graduate study, the candidate must qualify in the competitive entrance examination conducted by the University of the Institution of Nepal with a score of at least 50%.

3) The candidates holding academic merit should be granted an opportunity to choose the institution and a course program, as they like on the merit basis as and when applicable.

4) Beginning of the Subspecialty Post-graduate programs:

The Nepal Medical Council (NMC) greatly prescribes to all Medical Universities or Institutions that the academic session of all Subspecialty and Specialty Post-graduate programs for students begins from the same date in all Medical Universities, Institutions, & Academies across the country. So, that the council could conduct the Subspecialty & Specialty registration examinations straight away after the completion of the Subspecialty & Specialty training of the students. Also, the students can thereupon serve the people as a Subspecialist or Specialist right away, devoid of any gap.

Specialty Registration Examination for the Post-graduates:

As implemented from 10th February 2012, all the candidates, who want to gain the Post-graduate Degree, will be required to appear in a competitive exam for their Speciality registration with NMC. (Such an exam will involve testing the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude).

Any foreign national candidate who has pursued post-graduation from any University or Institution of Nepal will be allowed to appear in the same exam,  regarded as the Qualifying examination for Foreign Nationals. However, to be eligible for Specialty registration in Nepal, foreign nationals are also required to satisfy the provisions of article 21 (cha) of Nepal Medical Council regulations.

For this purpose, the Nepal Medical Council has constituted an expert team of examiners under it. Only the candidates qualifying for the Specialty Registration Exam conducted by Nepal Medical Council will be granted the Specialist Registration Certificate from Nepal Medical Council. However, the Nepal Medical Council can alter the procedure of the exam as & when required by it.

Just for your reference, here are the composition and question pattern of the Specialist registration examination. You must note that - This paper pattern is not fixed or constant and may change from time to time.

The Subject & Marks Distribution is as discussed here -

Subject distribution: The Subject and its corresponding number of questions are as mentioned below:

I. Basic medicine/science - 30%

II. Principle and practice - 45%

III. Subspecialty and recent advances - 25%

Marks distribution: Proportional division of the number of questions in the exam is as follows-

  • MCQs - 60%

  • CSQs - 40%

The Aims and objectives of questions of the Specialist registration examination are

  • MCQs are there to evaluate the scope of knowledge of a particular subject.

  • CSPs are there to evaluate the soundness of knowledge of a particular subject.

So, after going through the above discussion, the Eligibility Requirements for Indian Students to study MD or MS In Nepal can be summed up as:

1) The student should have completed MBBS or any equivalent degree from any recognized university board.

2) He should have completed the one-year compulsory internship.

3) He should have registration with the Medical Council in his country of origin.

4) He must be provisionally registered with NMC for his study period in Nepal.

5) Lastly, the student must have scored at least 50% marks in the MECEE PG entrance test.

Documents Required For MD or MS Program In Nepal

Here, you must also consider the documentation required for pursuing a Medical Residency in any University or Institution in Nepal.

Please Note: The list of documents mentioned below is a general overview of the documents required. However, it may be required by your University to submit some additional documents for your admission, which depends on your selected University. Please have a final check with your selected University regarding the specific documents needed.

a) Original Mark Sheets or Certificates of 10th and 12th standard.

b) Original Degree & Certificate of MBBS Degree that should be transcripted in Nepalese for the admission purpose.

c) Admit Card for the Entrance Examination of the current year

d) Original Certificate of Registration with your respective Medical Council [The National Medical Commission (NMC) in the case of Indian Students]

e) Migration Certificate of the candidate

f) Conduct or Character Certificate of the candidate

g) Valid proof of Citizenship of the candidate, such as Passport, Voter ID, Adhaar card, Domicile Certificate, etc.

h) No Objection Certificate/Letter (NOC) given by the Ministry of Health to the candidate for MD or MS admission in Nepal (if he/she has been working under the Health Ministry)

So, up to here, you got to know about Medical Residency, Nepal- as a post-graduate study destination, the eligibility criteria, and all. But, we will not leave you here only! Let us also guide you about two major MCI (now NMC) approved Universities/Institutions in Nepal offering Medical Residency programs for the students.

The Medical Council of India has recognized these colleges where Indian students can apply for MD or MS study programs:

A. Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu

B. B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Have a detailed look at both of these institutions, concerning information about the institution, the admission procedure for MD or MS, and the course specializations available there.

Institute Of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu

Institute of Medicine at Tribhuvan University is a prestigious Medical & Healthcare Institute in Nepal located in the capital city Kathmandu. It is a premier institute regulated by Tribhuvan University. The institute was incepted in 1972 with the main goal of providing training in all categories in healthcare in Nepal and preparing skilled manpower required in the healthcare sector. Notably, the institute has expanded its twelve campuses across the country within a decade of its establishment. Out of these twelve campuses, three campuses are situated in Kathmandu, and the rest of the nine campuses are set outside Kathmandu. Over time, now IOM has developed sixteen colleges holding the affiliation of Tribhuvan University and seven constituent colleges. Currently, IOM offers 29 programs, from certificate-level courses to the highest post-graduate degree in medicine, paramedical, conventional medicine, public health, and nursing.

The key objectives of the Institute of Medicine (TU), Kathmandu are as mentioned:

  • Producing a skillful & competent workforce in the medical & health care field.

  • Providing quality health service through its hospitals.

  • Conducting different researches based on health sciences.

Admission Procedure for MD or MS at Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University

The selection of all the candidates for admission to this institute is purely based on the merit of the candidates. Formerly, Post-graduate admission was provided based on the entrance test conducted by the IOM-Tribhuvan University itself, but the admissions are now entirely based on the performance of students in the MECEE-PG. So, candidates must have to perform well in the exam to gain a seat in MD or MS program at IOM.

You can get more information about admission at their official website.

IOM PG Online Application

As admission is now provided through the MECEE-PG exam, so the application form will be available at the official website of MECEE-PG. Any offline mode of application will not be accepted by the organizing authority.

Please note that all Indian students must select the Foreign Category option while filling the online application form. The candidates should complete the online application by providing their personal and educational details. Specifically, the information asked includes Personal information (Name, Gender, etc.), Date of Birth, Exam Details, ID proof, Permanent address, Academic information, Latest passport-sized photograph. Make sure that you must fill in all the details accurately. Also, cross-check the information provided before clicking on the submit button as the application form once submitted will not be available for modification.

The MD or MS Specializations Available at IOM, Kathmandu

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Specializations:

  • MD – Anesthesia

  • MD – Radio Diagnosis

  • MD – Dermatology

  • MD – Internal Medicine

Master of Surgery (MS) Specializations:

  • MS – ENT

  • MS – General Surgery

  • MS – Orthopedics

B.P. Koirala Institute Of Health Sciences, Dharan

B.P. Koirala Institute Of Health Sciences is another prestigious institute situated in the sub-metropolitan city of Dharan, Nepal. The institute got its name as an honor to the visionary leader of Nepal, Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala. The institute was inaugurated in 1993. Notably, in the initial five years, BPKIHS was upgraded as an autonomous Health Science University. The University is committed to the enhancement of the healthcare workforce for the development of society, and it focuses on research and providing quality healthcare services.

BPKIHS institute conceived with the idea of successful Co-operation between Nepal & India. The Health Ministers of both nations have signed an agreement to establish this institute. The institute started offering post-graduate programs in 1999. The Nepal Medical Council and related medical councils duly recognize all the Post-graduate medical programs offered by BPKIHS University.

Admission Procedure for MD or MS at BPKIHS

Similar to the IOM, B.P. Koirala Institute Of Health Sciences also used to conduct its entrance exam for admissions to MD & MS courses. A separate exam was conducted for international students. But from the year 2020, the MECEE entrance exam result is considered for the MD & MS in the University. The admissions are provided according to rank & merit. 

Online Application

The Online Application Procedure is the same as the procedure mentioned in the MECEE online application procedure discussed in the article. The MECEE online application form will be available from September at the official website, which you can browse over the web. Further, the allotment of admit cards and counseling procedure corresponds to that explained in the MECEE part.

The MD or MS Specializations Available at BPKIHS:

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Specializations:

  • MD Anaesthesia

  • MD Dermatology

  • MD General Medicine

  • MD Pharmacology

  • MD Pediatrics

  • MD Psychiatry

  • MD Radio-diagnosis

Master of Surgery (MS) Specializations:

  • MS ENT

  • MS Orthopaedics

  • MS General Surgery

  • MS Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Medical Residency in Nepal is a viable choice for Indian Students concerning both the quality of education and comfortable education. Also, the candidates who somehow have not succeeded in securing a seat in any MD or MS program in India can opt for admission in MCI recognized MD or MS program in Nepal. There are various benefits of pursuing a medical post-graduation, as we discussed today. Also, now you all know the significant information regarding the MECEE-PG. So, Indian medical professionals aspiring to study MD or MS can feasibly choose Nepal as their medical study abroad destination.

We hope this blog proves to be useful for you. Best of luck to all the aspirants!

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