Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), which had
been the centre for written exams of Britain's prestigious Member
of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) since
2009, will now also conduct the clinical examinations, an official
said here Wednesday.
This will enable Indian doctors to obtain the globally-recognised
qualification without having to fly to Britain, the official
"MRCPCH is a prestigious international exam recognised by the
Indian government. Indian doctors have the opportunity to take an
international post-graduate exam without having to leave the
country," said Ramesh Mehta, Royal College's principal regional
examiner for south Asia.
The first MRCPCH clinical examinations will be conducted at KDAH
here June 16 and 17.
A team of senior consultants from Britain's National Health
Service led by Mehta, along with Education and Assessment Advisor
of MRCPCH Graeme Muir, will oversee the conduct of the examination
in partnership with a team of senior consultants from India.
Once the Indian doctors clear the MRCPCH exams, they would be
armed with advanced clinical knowledge and also be permitted to
use the designation 'MRCPCH (UK)', or go for higher
Santanu Sen, senior consultant paediatrician of KDAH and host
examiner for MRCPCH, described it as "a rigorous examination where
even the examiners had to train and be evaluated before being
allowed to examine the candidates."
This time, only 48 paediatricians from India, Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain, Brunei, Muscat, Singapore, Australia and from the UK will
be appearing for the examinations, while a large number of
candidates are awaiting for the next round, Sen said.