British Council / EADB Medical Training Fellowship Programme

British Council and East African Development Bank Unveil Medical Scheme to increase cancer specialists.

The fight against non-communicable diseases and in particular cancer and neurological disorders in East Africa has got a boost with the East African Development Bank (EADB) unveiling the East Africa Medical and Fellowship Training Scheme which aims to train 600 physicians from the region in the next four years.

Managed by the British Council in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians London, the Programme intends to train 600 East African physicians over a period of four years and will focus on early detection, research and treatment of cancer and neurological disorders in areas where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge. 

The EADB medical Training and Fellowship Scheme

The East African Development Bank Medical Training and Fellowship Programme targets four EADB member states – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda and aims to increase the early detection, research and treatment of cancer and neurological disorders, especially in communities and areas where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge by increasing the number, quality and deployment of medical professionals in public service specialising in the treatment cancer and neurological disorders in the East Africa region.

Eligibility Criteria

Neurology clinical courses:

Applicants must fulfil all of the following criteria;

  • Hold a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MSChB)
  • Be currently enrolled in a Masters of Medicine (MMed) programme or hold a MMed qualification
  • Be based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda

2) Oncology Training of Trainers courses

  • Applicants must fulfil all of the following criteria;
  • Hold a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MSChB)
  • Be currently enrolled in a Masters of Medicine (MMed) programme or hold a MMed qualification
  • Be based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda
  • Commitment to act as trainers in the cascaded oncology clinical courses

3) EADB Medical Training and Fellowship Programme: A guide for applicants to the UK fellowship

 Applicants must fulfil all of the following criteria;

  •  Applicants must hold a primary medical qualification recognised by the GMC.
  • Applicants need to have a postgraduate qualification (MRCP(UK) part 1, M.Med or other higher degree in medicine or a medical subspecialty.)
  • Applicants must have completed at least 3 years of full-time postgraduate training (including 1 year’s internship and demonstrable experience in the area where further training is sought in the UK).
  • Applicants must have been in clinical practice for 3 out of the last 5 years including the 12 months prior to GMC registration being granted. There should be no gaps in employment. Please note that the GMC does not consider clinical observerships as clinical practice. It is important that you remain in clinical practice during the application process.
  • Applicants must possess the skills, competencies and understanding of medicine at least equivalent to a UK graduate at the end of their CMT.

 English language requirements:

Applicants need to have obtained a minimum overall score of 7.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, with minimum scores of 7.0 in all components. The scores should be obtained in one sitting. The test is valid for 2 years.

Evidence of good standing:

Applicants must be able to provide a certificate of good standing (CGS) from the regulatory body in the countries where they have practised in the last 5 years. The CGS must confirm all of the following:

  • Applicants are authorised to practice medicine in the relevant country. 
  • Applicants have not at any stage been disqualified, suspended or prohibited from practicing medicine.

Partners

The East African Development Bank (EADB)

The East African Development Bank (EADB) was established in 1967 with the remit to provide financial and other support to its member countries, which currently are Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda.  Burundi has applied to become a member state.   It was re-established under its own charter in 1980 after the break-up of the East African Co-operation in 1977. The new charter opened up the Bank to a wider membership and allowed for the introduction of consulting and advisory services.

The EADB’s loan portfolio is spread widely, but more than 60% of its lending is to projects in health and education, hotels and tourism, construction and building, electricity and water, and agriculture, all of which are central to the current and future prosperity of the region and its people. EADB’s lending footprint can be seen all over the region from hotels like the five-star Sultan Sands Island Resort in Zanzibar and the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri, Kenya, part of the Aberdare Safari Hotels group.

The Royal College of Physicians

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) was formally founded in 1518 and is the oldest continuously active professional standards organisation in the world. The RCP has supported and represented physicians for nearly 500 years. The roots of the RCP stretch back to Henry VIII but today the 32,000 members work in the fast-paced, ever-changing, highly technological world of medicine in the UK and across the globe.

In addition to supporting physicians in their daily practice, the RCP takes a wide role in public health with activities including campaigning for change, advising government and parliament and taking part in national and international debates on medical, clinical and public health issues. 

The RCP international office works with hospitals, ministries of health and professional health bodies around the world to drive institutional capacity building and health system strengthening. Activity includes delivering clinical skills courses, education faculty development, developing clinical guidelines and quality standards, running clinical audits.