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The Kent & Medway Medical School welcomed Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh to Kent yesterday, as she formally opened the school at the Pears medical building.
Her Royal Highness spent time with students from the school’s first three cohorts and the staff who helped launch the medical school, which is now supporting a new generation of medical graduates.
After a tour of Kent’s KMMS partner institution, Canterbury Christchurch University, Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox welcomed Her Royal Highness to the Pears Building on the University’s Canterbury campus. After meeting staff, and students from the School’s first three cohorts, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to officially launch the School.
Following the unveiling, staff and students dressed in their best clothes, gathered for a celebration with those who have made the School possible including NHS colleagues, benefactors and representatives of the wider community of Kent and Medway.
Professor Cox said ‘I was delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness to the Kent and Medway Medical School today. In the short time it has been open, the School has established itself as one of the most important facilities for medical training in the region, whilst also providing one of the best medical school experiences in the country’.
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The Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) is a collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent and builds on their existing high-quality clinical teaching and research strengths.
KMMS is working in partnership with the highly regarded and well-established Brighton and Sussex Medical School for support and quality assurance purposes.
Since September 2020, the school has been educating aspiring doctors to train to deliver modern medicine, so it has only taken three years for the school to be officially opened.