RCPE to collaborate with Iraq on medical training


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and the Medical Institute of Imam Zain Alabdeen (MIZAN) in Iraq have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop collaboration in medical training. 

The MoU, which was signed on Thursday 9 January in Edinburgh, provides a framework for closer ties and cooperation around areas of mutual interest, and to the benefit of medical trainees and trainers in Iraq and Kurdistan.

Specific areas of collaboration will include:

Shared learning resources, including the development of clinical simulation centres in Iraq and Kurdistan

Live educational events web-streamed by the RCPE

Joint scientific meetings in Iraq

Develop opportunities for medical trainees from Iraq and Kurdistan to undertake some of their training in the UK

Examiners from Iraq and Kurdistan and from the RCPE to share experiences and learn from each other

Edinburgh and Iraq have a long history on medical education. In 1927, the first medical school in Iraq was created in Baghdad by University of Edinburgh graduate, Sir Hendy Sinderson, who became its first Dean. It was based on the Edinburgh Medical School curriculum at the time and has influenced the curriculum of newer medical schools in Iraq.

Commenting on this new announcement, Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh said: “As a College we want to forge international links to help us learn from each other and improve the quality of medical education and training. I am therefore delighted that the College and MIZAN have announced this MoU which will strengthen the historic medical bonds between my organisation, Edinburgh, and Iraq. I am grateful to Dr Rasheed for travelling to Edinburgh to sign the MoU, and for his support.”