Royal College International signs agreement with the United Arab Emirates’ National Institute for Health Specialties
OTTAWA, November 19, 2019 — Today in Dubai, Royal College International (RCI) — the international contracting arm of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) — has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Arab Emirates’ National Institute for Health Specialties (NIHS).
The agreement establishes an educational collaboration between the organizations to support the growth of the NIHS, which will include academic activities, consultation services, workshops and conferences, as well as accreditation and assessment systems and tools.
By collaborating with RCI and the Royal College, the NIHS will be further positioned as an innovator to help advance United Arab Emirates’ postgraduate medical education initiatives.
“I look forward to working with the NIHS,” says Craig Ceppetelli, director of international affairs at RCI. “Today’s MOU signing in Dubai is an important stepping stone, which will increase our efforts to support the NIHS as it continues to evolve.”
“I am proud to be a Fellow of the Royal College,” says Dr. Mohammed Al Houqani, associate professor at United Arab Emirates University representing the NIHS. “I conducted my residency and fellowship training in Toronto, and experienced the excellence of Canada’s postgraduate medical education system. I look forward to collaborating with RCI and the Royal College on this initiative.”
About the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada. We accredit the university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices, and we administer the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in Canada.
Our vision is to be the global leader in specialty medical education and care, by enabling our Fellows to deliver the best specialty care for patients and contribute to the improvement of population health in Canada and abroad.
About the United Arab Emirates’ National Institute for Health Specialties
The United Arab Emirates’ National Institute for Health Specialties is responsible for establishing a postgraduate medical education system (e.g. accreditation and certification) for specialty physicians and surgeons, and potentially other health care professionals. The NIHS aims to enhance the health sector in the country by raising the level and quality of higher medical education.
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