Royal College International has a number of international medical education partners with whom we have entered into formal working arrangements through memoranda of understanding and collaborative services agreements. We work with our partners to determine their needs and how we can assist them to meet their needs. Our products and services are customized and varied and include consulting, program reviews, institutional reviews, accreditation services, workshops, and a variety of courses on faculty development on a variety of topics.
Partners with a Collaboration Services Agreement or contract
The Minas Gerais Medical Residency Support Association (Associação de Apoio a Residência Médica de Minas Gerais – AREMG) was founded in November 2002 by medical representatives of medical residency institutions. Its purpose is to encourage medical residency in Minas Gerais by contributing to quality improvement of residency programs and medical training.
AREMG supports the activities of the Minas Gerais State Medical Residency Commission (Comissão Estadual de Residência Médica de Minas Gerais – CEREM-MG) and associated institutions that offer medical residency programs. In September 2019, the Royal College signed an Executive Agreement to facilitate postgraduate faculty development between the Royal College and AREMG. The goal of the agreement is to improve postgraduate medical education in the region of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Kazan State Medical University
Kazan State Medical University (KSMU) is one of the leading and oldest medical schools in Russia. Established in 1814, KSMU currently is a multi-level state educational institution of Russian Ministry of Healthcare that exceeds standards in medical education through the continued development of biomedical and clinical sciences in order to improve population health. Being home to more than 6000 students and residents, KSMU offers MD, bachelor and postgraduate degree programs in Clinical Medicine, Basic Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Social Work.
KSMU achieved Royal College Accredited Institution status on April 17, 2017. On July 12, 2019, KSMU was the first international partner to achieve Royal College New Accredited Program status for their (English-language) residency training program in Internal Medicine.
King Abdulaziz University — Faculty of Medicine
The King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Medicine and the Royal College signed a collaboration centre agreement in 2012. The faculty of medicine was established in 1975 and includes a wide variety of scientific departments and branches. The faculty provides a bachelor degree in medicine and surgery. The faculty offers programs to male and female students and reports to the Ministry of Higher Education.
King Abdullah Medical City
King Abdullah Medical City and the Royal College signed a collaboration centre agreement in 2015. The medical city consists of three hospitals and 10 medical centres in the holy city of Mecca. It has a 1,500 bed capacity. It is part of Saudi Arabia’s most recent health transformation initiative.
King Saud University
King Saud University and the Royal College signed a collaboration services agreement in 2014. The university was the Kingdom’s first institute of higher education and opened in Riyadh in 1957. It was one of the first of several colleges of medicine opened in 1969. Its health colleges include nursing, applied medical science, pharmacy, dentistry and medicine. The university also includes University Hospital and the Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services.
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations
Established in 1984, the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations (KIMS) is responsible for the education and training of physicians and dentists. Under the authority of the Ministry of Health in Kuwait, KIMS is the leading educational institution dedicated to medical training for various specialties and strives to advance health care through expert medical training and education.
The Royal College Canada International (RCI) and KIMS collaborative began on November 1, 2016, to enhance the quality of KIMS’ postgraduate medical education in the areas of examinations, faculty development and accreditation. Since then, KIMS achieved Royal College institution accreditation and program accreditation for its Anatomical Pathology program. On November 1, 2020, RCI and KIMS signed an extension agreement to continue to make progress on these important initiatives.
Peking University First Hospital
In October 2016, Peking University First Hospital (PUFH) became the first in Asia to achieve institutional recognition from the Royal College. PUFH is a national leader in the delivery of healthcare and the advancement of educational reform through its activities in support of China's national healthcare transformation initiatives. Most recently, PUFH has adapted the Canadian CanMEDS competency-based framework which will further solidify its ability to deliver advanced medical education to both residents and faculty.
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Royal College signed a memorandum of understanding in 2014. The university was founded in 1888 by Monsignor Mariano Casanova, Archbishop of Santiago. His goal was to create an institution capable of blending academic excellence and training based on Christian doctrine. The university oversees 31 schools and institutes with more than 25,000 students. The faculty of medicine has 36 medical specialties. It is an international organization with 515 agreements with 422 educational institutions in 45 countries.
The Sociedad Colombiana de Urología (SCU) is a non-profit professional association that promotes high quality standards in the practice of urology, continuing education, research and policy in Colombia. In December 2019, the Royal College and SCU signed a memorandum of understanding and in August 2020, the Royal College and SCU signed an agreement to develop a series of virtual training sessions for program directors, educators, chief residents and residents.
Supreme Council of Health – Qatar
Established in 2009 as the country’s highest health authority, the Supreme Council of Health was vested with enhanced decision-making resources to undertake rapid reforms and meet Qatar National Vision 2030 for world-class care. The council is responsible for:
- Monitoring the health system
- Provides public health testing
- Delivers onsite specialized care for single male labourers in higher-risk occupations
- Funds and supervises Primary Health Care Corporation
- Funds and supervises Hamad Medical Corporation.
- Funds Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners.
University of Dammam
The University of Dammam opened its doors to women and men in 1975 with two colleges, the College of Medicine and the College of Architecture. This academic institution has grown into a leading research university with 21 colleges spread throughout the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and a student population of over 45,000. As a research-based institution, the University of Dammam continues to grow and develop, continually assessing and improving its curricula and expanding its academic capabilities in all disciplines.
Partners with a memorandum of understanding
Afghanistan Medical Council
The Afghanistan Medical Council (AMC) is a government entity that serves as a national and medical professional body with a mandate to establish the highest standards of medical ethics, and quality education in order to protect the health of all residents in Afghanistan. AMC is the leading organization that advocates for the development and implementation of effective health promotion and patient safety policies and strategies, facilitates access to quality health care within local communities (urban and rural); as well as, ensuring health professionals manage and adapt to the every changing and evolving needs of the health care sector through the implementation of Continuing Professional Development programs.
Bir Hospital was established in July 1889 by Bir Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and is located at the centre of Kathmandu city. The hospital is run by the National Academy of Medical Sciences, a government agency since 2003.The hospital provides medical and surgical treatments to people from all across the country and has 535 beds. Every year Bir Hospital produces trained postgraduates in different subjects of clinical medicine such as general surgery, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery and pathology.
Chongqing Children’s Hospital
The Chongqing Children’s Hospital was one of the first pediatric departments in China to offer MD and PhD programs and postdoctoral training. It ranked as one of the best hospitals in China. With 1,400 beds on its main campus, it is the largest hospital in China. The hospital’s 250 beds on its Lijia campus are slated to expand to 1,000 beds. In 2014, there were 2.18 million outpatient visits and 65,000 in-patient visits. Forty percent of patients come from outside Chongqing.
The Chinese Medical Doctor Association
The Chinese Medical Doctor Association (CMDA) is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit, professional association of 2.1 million practising physicians in China. It was founded in 2002. Representing the collective view of Chinese medical professionals, CMDA is committed to advocating for better public healthcare and providing leadership for the Chinese medical community. The CMDA is the largest and most influential medical association in China. Managing 26 local associations, 39 specialty sub-associations, five specialty committees and 18 medical publications, CMDA has an important voice in the Chinese medical community.
The Conférence Internationale des Doyens et des Facultés de Médecine d'Expression Française
CIDMEF is an association of more than 130 francophone faculties in 40 countries including countries in the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas and South-East Asia. CIDMEF supports medical schools and faculties in their mission to train future doctors and teachers.
Lokman Hekim Üniversitesi (LHU), a health themed university in Ankara, Turkey, with a vision to be the leading educational and research institution in the region, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Royal College. Academic activities may include developing courses, workshops and conferences to strengthen, enhance and promote postgraduate medical education in the country.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ), founded in Bogotá, Colombia in 1623, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Colombia. In June 2020, the Royal College signed a memorandum of understanding with PUJ to improve the quality of residency training through faculty development. The collaboration will focus on academic engagements such as developing workshops and conferences, as well as consultations on the development and implementation of national quality standards for training programs.
Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine
The Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine was established in 1972 with the mandate to train all health workers in Nepal. It has 12 campuses across the country. Three campuses are in Kathmandu and nine campuses are outside the Kathmandu Valley.
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
The school of medicine was founded to satisfy the country's need for high-quality medical training and innovation in biomedical research. Currently, there are approximately 500 students enrolled in the MD program and about 105 postgraduate students. The school of medicine also offers joint programs with several medical schools in Texas.
Saudi Ministry of Health
The ministry is committed to providing healthcare at all levels, promoting general health and preventing diseases. It also develops the laws and legislation regulating both the governmental and private health sectors. The ministry is accountable for performance monitoring in health institutions, along with the research activity and academic training in the field of health investment.
Sudan Medical Specialties Board
The Sudan Medical Specialization Board was established in 1995. The board is the sole professional training body in the Republic of the Sudan mandated to manage and deliver medical and health specialty programs in the country. The board is directed by specialty councils, which are responsible for training medical doctors and developing and reviewing curricula.
Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, or simply the Saudi Council, is the independent governmental authority that regulates healthcare-related practices and accreditation at all levels in Saudi Arabia. It is responsible for supervising and evaluating training programs, as well as setting controls and standards for the practice of health professions. Established in 1992, its headquarters are in Riyadh, and it has several branch offices across the Kingdom. It has supported and approved more than 30 training programs.
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