Doctors who graduated from Pakistani colleges may be unable to work in the United States (US) after January 2024 because the country has failed to meet the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) criteria, and the deadline is rapidly approaching.
Defunct Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) had applied for the WFME accreditation and also invited its delegation to visit Pakistan but in 2019, the PMDC was dissolved and Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) was established. Subsequently, the WFME visit was postponed.
Pakistan has to obtain WFME accreditation till January 2024, and the current Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Act does not meet the criteria for recognition from the world body.
The PMC, on the other hand, claimed that it had “formally initiated the application process for the recognition,” and that the entire process, including the WFME’s on-site visit, is expected to take 12 to 15 months, well within the time frame of January 2024.