Laboratory Medicine serves a central role in all fields of medical science - patient care, medical education and basic and applied health research. Rapid advances in various scientific technology make this role all the more important and cmcial. Since patient management strategies are largely determined by the exact pathological abnormalities and the stage of the disease, for proper patient care the clinician has to lean heavily on advice from Consultants in laboratory medicine and constantly interact with them. Opinions by specialists in different branches of laboratory medicine are essential in proper diagnosis, management and prognosis of diseases encountered in the entire spectrum of community health care - primary to tertiary. In any health care team therefore, specialists in laboratory medicine constitute a vital component.

As in other branches of clinical medicine, specialization in laboratory medicine to higher specialist level (consultant) requires spending adequate time in a properly structured residency training programme of acceptable international standard. Currently. Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization. KIMS makes available in Kuwait such a programme recognised by the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) of the UK Physicians in the programme are eligible to appear at the RCPath. examinations and for the award of the MRCPath.

DIPLOMA

The specialization diploma in different fields of laboratory medicine is called Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists. UK (MRCPath.), and is offered by the College in the following areas of specialization:

  • Chemical Pathology*
  • Clinical Immunology*
  • Forensic Pathology Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Haematology*
  • Histocompatibility
  • Histopathology* including cvtopathology
  • and paediatric pathology
  • Microbiology *
  • Neuropathology
  • Oral pathology
  • Toxicology
  • Transfusion Medicine*
  • Veterinary pathology
  • Virology

*approved programmes in Kuwait.

The MRCPath is recognised internationally for appointment to consultant staff position in high level tertiary care hospitals, academic institutions and research organisations.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the of training in the MRCPath programme the physician will:

  • Possess enough skill and knowledge to correctly diagnose most diseases using laboratory techniques in his her own speciality.
  • Be able to advise on the optimal management of diseases on the basis of the laboratory results and findings
  • Be able to advise on the correct and optimal use of laboratory tests, their interpretation and limitations
  • Have sound knowledge of the etiology, pathogenesis, pathology and sequelae of diseases in the area of specialty
  • Understand the importance of research in the practice of medicine and the contribution of laboratory medicine to research.
  • Be competent in organising, administering and monitoring the quality of the particular laboratory services.

ADMISSION TO PROGRAMME

A. Requirements

Medical graduates of Kuwait University and other recognised universities who have completed the Internship training as specified by KIMS after graduation are eligible to apply for admission into the programme. Prior experience in the speciality of Laboratory Medicine or any other Clinical Speciality is not mandatory.

B. Selection

After review of the applications short-listed candidates will be interviewed as ananged by the Selection Committee of KIMS Faculty of Laboratory Medicine.

C. Training Centre

Staff of the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology of the Faculty of Medicine Kuwait University direct and supervise the training at the laboratories of the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Teaching Hospital. However trainees are obliged to rotate through laboratories in other hospitals recognised by the RCPath for training purposes: Amiri. Sabah. KCCC, Ibn Sina.

KIMS was established under a decree issued by HH the Amir of Kuwait. The institute is engaged in a variety of activities, including the organization of internship training of pre-registration medical graduates, specialty training at various levels in different medical fields, and continuing medical education programs for health professionals practicing in Kuwait.

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