Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Academic Affairs

What is the Performance and Wellness Section

A section of OMSB that aims to support the OMSB Residents in any of the following aspects :

   1.  Academic performance

   2.  Physical health

   3.  Emotional wellbeing

It aims to maximize their personal and professional productivity.

Examples of issues the Performance and Wellness Section can help with:

1.  Difficulties making progress in training

        a.  Exam failure

        b.  Poor organization

2.  Problems in clinical performance

        a.  Poor clinical judgment

        b.  Lack of knowledge

        c.  Lack of skills

        d.  Critical Incidents

3.  Personal organization

        a.  Poor timekeeping

        b.  Communication difficulties

        c.  Team working difficulties

4.  Signs of not coping

        a.  Erratic, emotional behavior, anger

        b.  Negative attitude

        c.  Failure to answer pager

        d.  Frequent sick leave

        e.  Defensive reactions to feedback

5.  Career support and advice

Any OMSB Resident can attend:

   *  Any number of times

   *  Any year of training

Residents can:

   *  Self-refer


   * Be referred by the Program's Education Committee.

Why is there a Performance and Wellness Section

Residency Training is a challenging time in a doctor’s professional career. Work performance may be affected by factors on many levels. There may be issues relating to the actual training process, such as poor study techniques, exam stress and communication difficulties. Frequently, there are also multiple life issues to be dealt with, apart from work demands. Residents, like the patients they treat, experience sickness, sadness, suffering and death. They are often burdened with financial demands and female residents in particular, may struggle with balancing a family life and the other cultural expectations of her role. The performance of a resident will fluctuate throughout their training. This is normal, but when there are signs of a noticeable decline in performance or a failure to progress in training, it indicates that external factors may be overwhelming a Resident’s performance and additional support may be beneficial.

Unfortunately, due to many reasons, such as concern about stigma, doctor’s struggling to acknowledge their own weakness and worry over the potential impact on their careers, Residents may struggle on or even withdraw from training, rather than address their underlying issues.

Additionally, during training, Residents may become ambivalent or disillusioned regarding their career choices, but are unaware of how to do address this.

OMSB has recognized these issues and that maximizing the work performance, biopsychosocial health and the overall wellbeing of Residents is an important part of ensuring their success in the Training process. It has also acknowledged that providing a confidential and supportive environment, for Residents to address their concerns, is necessary. OMSB has therefore established The Performance and Wellness Section to provide support and assistance where needed.

The process

The process of providing support to the Residents is:

. Confidentiality agreement form is signed before the initial assessment session.

.  An initial assessment occurs on a one-to-one basis, between the Resident and a staff member of the Performance and Wellness Section.

.  Further appointments and a management plan are arranged, following the initial assessment.

.  Significant effort is made to treat all information provided to the section in a confidential and respectful manner.

How to Access Our Services

How to Access Our Unit?

The referral process requires a completed referral form, available either online at or from the Program Administrators. Please note that there are two different referral forms; one for self-referral, the other for program referral

 It is preferred that the referral be sent to the Performance and Wellness Section, via email to arrange an appointment for assessment purpose.

If you are self referring, you need to complete the Self-Referral Form and sent it to us. If it is a program referral, the program will send in the Referral Form.

Performance and Wellness Team

Dr.Siham Al-Sinani

Director of Training Affairs Department 

Dr. Saif Salam Al Hashmi 

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist  

Mrs. Noura Al Hadhrami

Acting Head

Mrs. Mashael Al Sabahi

Wellness Specialist