Second MRCP course for Paces conducted in RMC by UK tutors

Rawalpindi:September 25:Rawalpindi Medical College has arranged second MRCP UK (Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom) Paces Crash Course here at its New Teaching Block in Holy Family Hospital by UK tutors trained by the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

The RMC arranged the MRCP UK Paces Crash Course under the leadership of Principal RMC & Allied Hospitals Professor Muhammad Umar from September 19 to 22. Paces (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills) is designed to test the clinical knowledge and skills of trainee doctors who hope to enter higher specialist training.

The previous MRCP UK Paces Crash Course was done in March 2016 here at RMC in which ten participants took part, but due to high quality of course and proper guidance, the second course attracted 26 participants, which, according to organisers is a major achievement.

According to Professor Umar, the aim of holding this course is to bring the MRCP UK examination centre in Pakistan at Rawalpindi Medical College. “This will bring Pakistan at par with India and UAE which has examination centres for many years,” he said.

It is important that this course has never been conducted in any other centre of Pakistan and students have to travel to UK or UAE to prepare for this Paces Course.

During the Welcome address of the four-day course, Professor Muhammad Umar appreciated the efforts of UK Tutors Dr. Isma Kazmi, Dr. Ahmad Waleed and Dr. Mushtaq Afridi. He also acknowledged the quality of course due to which a large number of candidates have joined this course. He applauded their commitment and love for the country.

The tutors of the course work in UK and are tutors of Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and are involved in conducting the exam of MRCP in UK.

Dr. Isma and Dr. Waleed during their speech thanked Professor Umar for providing this opportunity to them and promised to bring this examination centre to Pakistan in near future.

Talking to ‘The News’, Professor Umar said the team comprised of dedicated young committed doctors worked hard and tirelessly from 9am till evening presenting an example for young doctors.

The participants of the course came from different parts of country. The participants include doctors who have passed their MRCP Part-1 and 2 examinations and intend to appear in MRCP Paces Exam in UK in coming months. The four days course is comprised of introduction about the exam format, detailed preparation for all the five stations of Paces Exam followed by mock examination with feedback to every candidate.

Head of Department of Medical Education at RMC Professor Rai Muhammad Asghar appreciated the efforts of the team and told the participants that department of medical education is committed to high quality education having international standards. Dr. Zahid Mahmood Minhas while talking to ‘The News’ said that this course could not be organised in such a good manner without the efforts of Dr. Tayyab Saeed Akhter, Senior Registrar at Centre for liver and GI Diseases at HFH and Dr. Shahar Yar and Dr. Irum.The news.

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