For several years, the MRCG at LSHTM has supported the MDCG’s annual medical and paediatric clinical registration exams. The purpose of the exam is to ensure that doctors who have trained overseas in schools that are not recognized by MDCG can still practice medicine in The Gambia after demonstrating their knowledge and skill by successfully passing the exam.
This year’s exam began with a written paper taken on a Tuesday. Successful candidates then reported to MRCG on Thursday morning for the practical exam. Candidates were evaluated on their ability to examine patients and their knowledge of patient management. At MRCG at LSHTM, medical consultants provided access to patients and assessed the candidates' interactions and skills including their ability to take patient histories, examine various parts of the body, and use this information to make a diagnosis and treatment plan.
MDCG Deputy Registrar Dr Joy Cole explained “MRCG at LSHTM is an independent institution which is well equipped and has a large pool of experts. Through this partnership, medical practitioners are evaluated to ensure the highest standards in our medical facilities.” Dr Cole further emphasized that standards need to be maintained so that patients trust their doctors.
Karen Forrest, Head of the Clinical Services Department at MRCG at LSHTM, noted “the partnership provides an opportunity to widen the pool of medical professionals in efforts to improve the patient-doctor ratio in the healthcare system in The Gambia.”
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