Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs

About us

Mission & Vision

  • To enhance the recruitment of Omani graduates into the specialty of anesthesia and critical care.
  • To train the graduates in the areas of knowledge, skills and attitude specific to anesthesiology, critical care medicine and pain management to current international standards.
  • Upon completion of training, a resident is expected to be a competent specialist anesthesiologist, capable of functioning independently.

Overall ­Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the training program (Board Certified), a resident is expected to have the following capabilities and skills:

Possess a sound knowledge of the basic sciences applicable to anesthesia, critical care and pain management including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, clinical measurements and physics. Demonstrate knowledge of age-related variables in medicine as they apply to neonatal, pediatric, adult and geriatric patient care. Establish a professional relationship with patients and families; discuss appropriate information with them, and other members of the health care team. Able to undertake pre-operative assessment, obtain consent for anesthetic procedure and prescribe proper premedication. Adequate knowledge to use anesthetic equipment in a safe manner, and understand the interpretation and limitations of monitoring equipment. Able to undertake routine induction, maintenance and recovery from general anesthesia and safe discharge of the patient from the recovery room. Recognize ASA III, IV, V patients, the potential for difficult intubation and the timing and need for assistance and consultation. Able to assess, resuscitate and manage trauma/burn patients, and stabilize them and prepare for transfer if indicated. Sound knowledge of resuscitation of patients following respiratory or cardiac arrests. Possess theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to establish and manage different regional anesthetic techniques. Assessment and provision of appropriate care of the mother and neonate in obstetrics. Able to diagnose and manage critically ill patients and perform practical invasive procedures. Possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to acute and chronic pain management. Able to understand the statistical fundamentals upon which most clinical research is based. Possess high ethical and moral standards.

Chairman and Program Director

Chairman: Dr. Maher Jaffer Abdulrahim Al Bahrani
Program Director: Dr. Sadanandan Prakash

Duration of the Residency Training Program

The program extends over a period of five years. The duration of the training period is divided into blocks. Each block consists of 28 days; each year will have 13 Blocks. Thus, the whole duration of training period (5 years) is divided into 65 Blocks.

The length of training is divided into two parts:

  • First 24 months will be known as the Basic Level Training (Junior Residency)
  • Final 36 months will be the Advanced Training (Senior Residency)


(24 blocks +2 blocks annual leave)


(36 blocks + 3 blocks annual leave)

*Elective One elective rotation as per the resident’s choice in any anesthetic subspecialties, which will be offered during the 5th year.

Main Training Centers

The residents rotate through the following hospitals during the residency period.

  • Al Nahda Hospital (ANH)
  • Armed Forces Hospital (AFH)
  • Khoula Hospital (KH)
  • Royal Hospital (RH)
  • Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH)

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Residency Training Requirements:

  • Training is a full time commitment. Residents shall be enrolled in full time, continuous training for the whole period of the program.
  • Training is to be conducted in institutions accredited for training by the OMSB of Anesthesiology.
  • Trainees shall be actively involved in patient care with gradual progression of responsibility.
  • Trainees shall abide by the training regulations and obligations set by the OMSB of Anesthesiology.
  • OMSB strictly prohibits moonlighting; residents are not allowed to obtain employment that is not a part of their training program.