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Sun 1 Oct 2006 12:00 AM

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Local doctors win MRCP revision help

UAE doctors hoping to pass their Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) exam have benefited from a new preparatory course, aimed at boosting success rates.

The revision and mock exam course, held in early September at the Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah, was the result of a joint initiative between the Department of Health and Medical Services (DoHMS) and the Dubai-based IBC Medical Group.

Instructors from the Royal College of Physicians led the two-day event, covering study modules for the theory exam. The course did not include study modules for the clinical exam.

The MRCP exam is notoriously challenging, boasting a 60% fail rate.

The reported pass rate for the Middle East is 12%.

“The normal failure rate for this exam is unusually high,” said Dr Abdul Ghafar Al Hawai, undersecretary at the Ministry of Health.

“Our candidates have additional problems when they go for the test and find that, not only do they have to know the medical science material, but also the methodology for the questions and how to interpret the material from the examiner.”

It is hoped the revision course will tackle this issues and help improve the pass rate.

20 postgraduate medical students attended the event and were awarded 12 CME hours upon successful completion.

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