15 March 2017
Fifty young specialist surgeons from several countries, including UAE, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have gathered at the University of Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Center to do their high stake surgical exam (MRCS-OSCE). The exam, which was given by thirty certified examiners – ten from the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK and twenty from various Arab countries, was conducted over a span of three full days.
This is the seventh time the Centre hosts these exams. University of Sharjah's training Centre was recognized as the first examination (OSCE) center outside UK six years ago; since then the Center has hosted seven MRCS exams, reflecting the close collaboration between University of Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Centre and the RCS (England).
This collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons, UK, not only includes conducting examinations but also arranges for conducting surgical training courses at various levels. The Centre, for example, has conducted 19 Basic Surgical Training Courses with the RCS involving 450 Surgeons trained by seven senior surgeons for each single BSS course, trained and certified by the RCS.
The evaluation of each course as well as the OSCE exam, which was given independently by the RCS, is overwhelmingly positive.
Professor Qutayba Hamid, Dean of the College of Medicine, and Dr. Nabil Sulaiman, Director of Sharjah University Clinical and Surgical Training center, were delighted with the progress of the collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons and the University of Sharjah-Clinical and Surgical Training Center. "We are proud to announce the successful completion of the MRCS OSCE Exam at the Clinical and Surgical Training Center for the seventh year. The examination of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (MRCS) is a high stake exam for surgeons and is a mandatory element for progression to higher specialty training," professor Hamid said.
Professor Christopher Butler and Professor Munther Aldoori, supervisors of the exam, representing the Royal College of Surgeons for the MRCS OSCE, said the University of Sharjah's CTC proved, for the seventh time, that it is one of the best training and examination centers outside the UK.