Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية


Posted on: Sep 12, 2020

The Oman Medical Specialty Board conducted its residency selection examination (IFOM) for doctors wishing to enroll in the Board’s residency programs for the academic year 2021/2022 on Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12, 2020.   492 Omani doctors from various governorates of the Sultanate applied to sit for the exam to join one of the 19 residency programs the Board offers.


The exam was held in the computer laboratories of Sultan Qaboos University, where 201 doctors sat for the exam on the first day in two groups, and 291 doctors sat for the exam on the second day, in two groups as well. The groups were examined in two different timings in order to ensure social distancing between the examinees and implement safety precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection (Covid-19).  The Oman Medical Specialty Board, represented by the Examination Department contacted the examinees who are positive cases of Covid19 and those who socialized with any   infected person with Coronavirus and advised them not to attend the exam and adhere to the home quarantine, ensuring that there will be a reschedule of the exam for these cases.

The Oman Medical Specialty Board holds an annual residency selection examination in cooperation with the American National Board of Medical Examiners, which has been approved by the Oman Medical Specialty Board as a selection examination  since 2013 for doctors to join residency training programs. The exam consists of 160 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), and the questions vary to cover all medical specializations.

Doctors who pass the exam must pass personal interviews organized by the Admission and Registration Department for all residency training programs. The Interview panels consist of members of the educational committees and members of the faculty of the training program applied to.

The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits a number of centers to train doctors during their training period, which ranges from three to six years, such as Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Armed Forces Hospital, Royal Police Hospital, Royal Hospital, Al Nahda Hospital, Khawla Hospital, and Al-Masara Hospital, in addition to a number of hospitals in various governorates of the Sultanate.

Also, the doctors during their residency benefit from the educational and training services provided by the Medical Simulation and Skills Development Center through practical training on the latest medical devices. In addition, residents have access to the e-learning platform, which includes a number of workshops that aim to provide them with the necessary skills in medical ethics, patient safety, communication skills, and other workshops offered in the e-learning platform.