This year the Pakistan Medical Commission has launched the national medical and dental college admission test (MDCAT) to bring uniformity in the profession of medicine. After the abolition of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, many changes have been introduced by PMC. The authorities had announced the change in the MDCAT syllabus that raised concerns among the students. Currently, students are expressing their reservations against MDCAT as “DelayMDCAT” trends on Twitter. But still, no new announcement has been made by the PMC regarding the syllabus after the Twitter trend. PMC has stated that this step has been taken to ensure the credibility of the aspiring doctors and the dentists coming to the health sector. If all the provinces will hold the entrance exam separately then the MBBS and BDS degree of our country will not be valued at the international level.
Change in Syllabus
Many students are not happy and satisfied with the syllabus declared by the Pakistan Medical Council before the commencement of the test. A large number of candidates are expressing their anger on Twitter as the Medical and Dental College Admission Test nears. Previously the council had proclaimed that the MDCAT exam would not contain any topic which was not part of the existing syllabus of the students' respective province. But now several modifications have been introduced that put the students at a disadvantage.
PMC Under Fire
As per the announced schedule, the test will be held on November 15 and will be administered by the National University of Medical Sciences. Though, the students appearing for the MDCAT are in a worrisome situation after the syllabus was changed few days before the exam. Furthermore, the lack of clarity has also led the students to stand against the decision of PMC. Now only five days have been left in the national MDCAT 2020 and students have started a trend on Twitter once again urging the PMC to delay the MDCAT.