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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Exam preparations

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 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 international standards.

Dr Jibrill - exam preparation, Baroma

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Dr Peter Hughes - consultant psychiatrist








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.


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