Egyptian medical students to gain clinical experience in unique placement at the Trust

Students from the Armed Forces College of Medicine in Egypt will be gaining clinical experience across our hospitals as part of a new project in partnership with Imperial College London.

Ten students, who have completed their third year of training, will spend four weeks gaining clinical experience with consultants in departments including emergency surgery, radiology breast surgery, anaesthetics and acute medicine.

Dr Mona El-Bahrawy, consultant histopathologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, welcomed the medical students on their first day. Dr El-Bahrawy said: “This is a very special occasion as this is effectively the first joint project between the Armed Forces College of Medicine and the UK medical education system. We hope that the students will not only gain clinical experience, but what is just or possibly even more important is gaining as much knowledge of the ethos and the culture of service delivery in the NHS as it celebrates its 70th year.”

One of the students Mohamed Abotahoun said that he was very excited about the placement, which will involve him spending time at Charing Cross and St Mary’s hospitals.

Mohamed said: “I am looking forward to a new experience, being introduced to a different medical system and gaining exposure to a new culture. I am very excited, inspired and energised.”