GMDC, the Medical and Dental Council, is the Statutory Governmental Agency that regulates standards of training and practice of medicine and dentistry in Ghana. Normally, it takes 3 steps for foreign trained doctors to be qualified to practice medicine in Ghana.
Step 1: Taking GMDC registration exam
Before granting certificate to an overseas-qualified doctor, the GMDC must be certain that the doctor has the knowledge of English and the professional knowledge and abilities necessary for medical and dental practice in Ghana. A foreign trained doctor must therefore satisfy the GMDC that he or she has the ordinary skills, knowledge and abilities of a practitioner by passing the Councils' examinations. Section 20 (3) of NRCD 91 (1972) enjoins the GMDC "to direct any person to undergo such examinations as it deems necessary prior to registration under this Decree".
The Court of Examiners defines the standard required to pass the examinations in the following terms: “A candidate must obtain 50% total marks and 50% in the problem solving section. In other words the candidate must obtain 50% of the total marks.50% each in two (2) parts including the problem solving part. ”
General Practitioners category consists of four (4) components:
a. English Language
b. Multiple Choice Questions
c. Problem Solving questions
d. Oral Examination
Step 2: Practicing in hospital for 2-3 years
Step 3: Getting the Medical License
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