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The exams for final year medical students have started. This is
the first year of an OSCE type format supported with technical
advice from THET. Professor John Rees is leading our group of
examiners. There is a surgeon, GP, physician and of course a
psychiatrist - me. Mental health is seen as a priority area so we
have been able to support all exams since 2008.
I'm an observer for the day in the medical OSCE exams.
Fortunately I’m not needed as an examiner. The examiners are mainly
local specialists and us externals.
There are mental health type issues raised with loss of a baby
and HIV diagnosis being given as an example of tests of
communication skills and psychological awareness. Exams are held to
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Dr Peter Hughes is a consultant psychiatrist
based at Springfield University Hospital, London. He has an
interest in international psychiatry and has been travelling to
Africa over the last five years doing short-term assignments in
mental health. He has recently flown to Somaliland to
work on a mental health programme.
This personal blog reflects Dr. Hughes' own
views and does not represent any Somaliland organisation in
the UK. However Dr. Hughes is indebted to KINGS-THET partnership
for providing an opportunity to take part in
this exciting project. He is grateful to Dr. Susie Whitwell
who leads the programme for mental health, and companions
Professor John Rees, Dr. Suleiman Yusuf, Helena Tabry from UK and
all colleagues in Somaliland.