MCEM International OSCE Course Attracts Participants From Around The World

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The MCEM International OSCE Course of Winter 2011 took place on Friday 18th November 2011 in the Clinical Skills Centre at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The MCEM International (http://www.MCEMInternational.com) OSCE Course of Winter 2011 took place on Friday 18th November 2011 in the Clinical Skills Centre at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The MCEM International OSCE Course is an examination preparation course for non-UK Emergency Physicians who are sitting the examination for the Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM).

Emergency Medicine is the medical specialty in which doctors care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate medical attention. In the United Kingdom, the postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine consists of 2 years of general professional training after leaving medical school, followed by 3 years of training in acute specialities. Trainees must then successfully complete the MCEM examination to be eligible for a further specialist training in Emergency Medicine.

Dr Roger Dalton is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, and a founder of MCEM International. He said, “MCEM International is dedicated to providing Emergency Physicians from around the world with the best possible preparation for the MCEM exam. We recognise that candidates from outside the UK have very specific training requirements when approaching the UK-focused MCEM exam. Their previous training and backgrounds are considerably different from those of UK-based candidates. Consequently, they need intensive training on key cultural differences, potential language barriers and differences in clinical algorithms they may face in the MCEM OSCE exam.”

Dr Dalton observes, “Often, foreign candidates fail to fully understand what exactly is expected of them in an MCEM OSCE station.”

Dr Mandar Marathe is a co-founder of MCEM International and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary. He added, “The MCEM International OSCE Course is held immediately prior to the MCEM exam itself, so that candidates from abroad coming to the UK for the exam may arrive a few days early, and benefit from the highly-focused training in common MCEM OSCE scenarios that we offer - such as resuscitation, communication, teaching and team leadership.”

“Candidates came to the course from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. They will all be sitting the MCEM examination in London in the next two weeks, and they now stand a vastly improved chance of success having been to this course,” stated Dr Marathe.
Judging from the candidate feedback, the course was a tremendous success, with 100% of candidates stating that they would recommend the course to colleagues. Photos from course are available at http://on.fb.me/MCEM-International

The next MCEM International OSCE Course will be held in February 2012, in preparation for the Spring 2012 diet of the MCEM exam. Candidates should contact mceminternational[at]gmail.com as soon as possible to register their interest in a place on the course.

Notes for Editors    

Dr Roger Dalton is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK. His medical training took place at Sheffield University and he subsequently trained in Emergency Medicine in South Yorkshire. He passed the MCEM exam in 2006 and the FCEM exam in 2009. He is the founder and course director of the Sheffield MCEM Course – http://www.SheffieldEM.co.uk

Dr Mandar Marathe is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK. He obtained his medical degree from Southampton University and he subsequently trained in Emergency Medicine in South Yorkshire. He passed the MCEM exam in 2004 and the FCEM exam in 2009. He is the founder and course director of the Leicester FCEM Course – http://www.LeicesterFCEM.com

MCEM International is an organisation designed to helping MCEM candidates from outside the UK gain the skills and examination technique required to pass the MCEM exam. Course dates, fees and further information is available at http://www.MCEMInternational.com

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