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BCAM Members Celebrate Exam Success

The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) is delighted to announce that nine of its Associate Members have passed the newly introduced MBCAM examination to progress to full membership of the College.

The Masters-level exam is the culmination of more than two years’ work, led by consultant plastic and aesthetic surgeon Dalvi Humzah who chairs the BCAM Examination Board. The first sitting of the multi-choice paper was held virtually on Tuesday 28 September with online proctoring. An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will be added in 2022 when all other existing routes to Full Member status will be phased out. The OSCE was postponed this year due to Covid restrictions.

The examination has been introduced as a progression pathway to Full Member status to ensure members maintain the highest levels of clinical excellence and have broad knowledge across the entire aesthetic medicine spectrum. The multi-choice paper was created by Mr Humzah with education expert Elizabeth Raymond-Brown and tested on Board Trustees to ensure it met the exacting brief.

The exam beat 10 other entrants to be named Professional Initiative of the Year in the 2021 Aesthetics Awards in July when Mr Humzah said: “BCAM is invested in ensuring its members remain at the forefront of evidence-based aesthetic medicine. Their expertise means the highest standards are delivered and that patient safety is the central focus of the treatments delivered.”

BCAM Trustee Dr Catherine Fairris, who is responsible for Education and Events, said: “It’s such a huge achievement for BCAM to launch this exam which really sets the bar high for aesthetic medical practitioners in the UK.

“As the leading representative body for doctors and dentists practising aesthetic medicine, it’s important that we maintain the highest professional standards and ensure our members meet them. It’s encouraging to see that nine of our Associate Members achieved the required level to pass the exam and progress to Full Member status.

“They were expected to undertake self-directed learning to revise for the exam and had to invest a lot of time to prepare so I’d like to personally congratulate them all.”

BCAM President Dr Uliana Gout said she was incredibly proud that the College was pioneering education in aesthetic medicine with the new exam.

“This is a significant milestone and couldn’t come at a better time as BCAM celebrates its 20th anniversary.  We are determined to further our mission of leading the aesthetic medicine arena, supporting our members and working with stakeholders to promote safety and patient education. Congratulations to the first cohort of members who successfully sat the exam to progress to Full Member status.”

Candidates who passed the exam and can now add MBCAM to their professional titles are: Dr Matin Ahmadi, Dr Arturo Almeida, Dr Sally Antcliff, Dr T Abas Awan, Dr Manav Bawa, Dr Giuseppe Fiore, Dr Claudia Morley, Dr Ivona Paravic and Dr Omer Riaz.

Full membership also affords the opportunity for members to promote their clinics in the clinician search area of the BCAM website which the public use to find reputable aesthetic medicine practitioners. Full Members are also able to sit on the BCAM Board after six months and can vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Successful candidate Dr Claudia Morley said: “I joined BCAM relatively late in my career, having been practising aesthetics for 11 years, but the importance of being part of a proper recognised body of Aesthetic Doctors has become more and more apparent to me in an industry that is so poorly regulated. The exam enabled me to become a full member and it actually was a great incentive to revise some of the important aspects of aesthetics that can easily be forgotten in our day-to-day practice.”

Dr Omer Riaz said: "The BCAM exam is a major landmark step towards making aesthetic medicine a recognised and regulated speciality within UK and a step towards UK aesthetic medicine qualifications being recognised all over the world. All this will only benefit patients, as they will get safe treatment from qualified clinicians only " 

Dr T Abas Awan said: "I am delighted to be part of the first cohort that has achieved the prestigious title of MBCAM after taking an exam. It is indeed a big step forward in improving the standards of aesthetic medicine in the UK." 

Dr Ivona Paravic added: “MBCAM is the future of our profession, something that every medical professional should complete. It raises the quality standard in aesthetics and promotes safe practice. As an aesthetic practitioner it moves my aesthetic practice to a higher level, and I believe patients will recognise MBCAM practitioners as the highest experts in the field.

“I’m very proud to be one of the first BCAM exam successes!”


   Dr Claudia Morley          Dr Omer Riaz           Dr Ivona Paravic

        Dr T Abas Awan


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