Somaliland: My journey from Amoud university to the National Health Service, UK.

I am now a Doctor in the national health service NHS. I am serving the community that I live in and work is just a short walking distance from home. However, the journey to get to this point has been very long and rather challenging.
  I graduated from Amoud University in 2014. I completed my one year internship straight afterwards. My intern year provided me with a broad exposure to a variety of surgical and non-surgical specialties, with a focus on the care and management of patients.
I undertook teaching roles at Amoud and Eelo Universities. I was also Medicine Africa Co-Ordinator for the King’s Somaliland Partnership.
I came to the UK in November 2016 to join my wife. Shortly after arriving; I enrolled into an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) course to prepare for my academic IELTS. This course was structured and enabled me to successfully pass this exam. To register as a Doctor I am required to demonstrate that I possess the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely in the UK. Therefore, a score of at least 7.0 in each testing area; reading, writing, speaking as well as listening and an overall score of 7.5 are required.
  The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test provides the main route for International Medical Graduates to establish that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the United Kingdom. I independently prepared for PLAB 1. This is a written exam made up of 180 multiple choice questions which must be answered within three hours. The exam tested my ability to apply my knowledge for the care of patients and questions related to current best practice in the UK, and equipment routinely available in UK hospitals.
PLAB 2 is an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). It’s made up of 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes and aims to reflect real life settings including a mock consultation or an acute ward. I went to Manchester to sit this exam. Prior to this, I undertook a two months preparation course to enable to successfully grasp standard criteria and competencies.
  I completed a one day Immediate Life support course at King’s College NHS Foundation Trust in November 2018. This course has enabled me to refresh my skills as a first responder and treat patients in cardiac arrest until the arrival of a cardiac arrest team.
Currently, I work Royal london hospital in London, renal medicine and transplant centre which is the 3rd largest transplant centre in the whole UK. What I was taught inAmoud university enabled me to work in the UK in the same way as the UK trained doctors. Which means if you are trained in Amoud university, you are allowed to work and practise in the UK provided you pass the licensing exams.
 I am so grateful for my wife and family for their support and particularly for prof Said Ahmed Walhad and Dr Ismail Aye for their relentless assistance.
Moreover, I am also indebt for Ahmed I. Nour
Nuradin Adam
In netshel, no matter where you learn hardworking is the key to success.


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