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Day 4 - final
year exams, Boroma 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
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 international standards.
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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.