First sub-Saharan PACES exam takes place in Nairobi, Kenya

14 Mar 2019

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is delighted to announce the successful launch of the MRCP(UK) PACES examination in Aga Khan University’s Medical College (AKU), Nairobi, Kenya. This is the first location in Sub-Saharan Africa to offer the exam and the 25th MRCP(UK) international PACES centre. This follows the introduction of the MRCP(UK) Part 1 written exam in October 2018.

The exam, which is being sat by 45 doctors from all over the continent, runs from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March 2019. The examining team includes Dr Donald Farquhar, Dr Tanzeem Raza OBE, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, Dr Roderick Harvey and Dr Frank Dunn.

Dr Donald Farquhar, International Medical Director for the Federation said of the launch, “We are delighted to partner with the Aga Khan University to establish the first MRCP(UK) examinations centre in sub-Saharan Africa.  The University has proven itself as an institution committed to offering high quality training, making it an excellent partner in the nurturing of high-quality doctors equipped with the requisite skills to address patient needs in the 21st century.”

Professor Robert Armstrong, Dean at AKU’s Medical college said, “The approval of Aga Khan University as the only MRCP(UK) examinations centre in Sub-Saharan Africa attests to the high-quality training at the Medical College in East Africa. It illustrates our commitment to improve the quality of healthcare in the region by ensuring we adhere to international standards in our training and examination for doctors.”

The exam will now take place twice yearly in Nairobi.

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