Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs



Specialty education is an essential part of development in any successful healthcare system in any part of the world. Family Medicine is one of the fundamental components of this healthcare system in many countries including Sultanate of Oman.
Family Medicine concept of delivering healthcare was developed in the late 1960s. The specialty embraced continuity and comprehensiveness on the patient’s perspective within the context of family and community.

Family Medicine residency training program at Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) has adopted a competency-based curriculum concept which is comprehensive, focused on continuity of education, and patient care.
Family Medicine residency training program is providing opportunity for the residents to learn in multiple settings (e.g., hospital, community, emergency departments, psychiatry, and primary care facilities, etc.).
Diverse elective opportunities are available and each resident is encouraged to develop areas of special interest, including training in competency-based procedures; those skills and procedures which are within the scope of Family Medicine.
The overall goal of the Family Medicine curriculum is to ensure that the graduate will be proficient family physicians, capable of providing high quality care to their patients and families; furthermore, prepare them to be lifelong learners. 
Graduates are expected to be competent in providing care throughout the various stages of the lifecycle including prevention and health promotion.


Our program will achieve excellence in training future family physicians with the skills, values and attitudes to practice high quality Family Medicine.


To graduate caring, competent and collaborative family physicians who are well oriented to the problems and needs of the community in Oman.

Overall ­Program Objectives

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to do the following:

  1. To diagnose and manage medical conditions commonly encountered in primary care.
  2. To provide effective comprehensive and continuing care for individuals, families, and community.
  3. To deal in a balanced way with physical, psychological and social problems of patients.
  4. To use available community resources, secondary and/or tertiary health care systems effectively and efficiently.
  5. To provide and organize primary and preventive care for individuals, families and designated population groups.
  6. To form good relationships with patients, families and the community and meet their needs and fulfill their expectations.
  7. To teach and learn effectively from colleagues, patients, families and community.
  8. To apply the principles and practice of health service planning, organization, administration and evaluation.
  9. To conceptualize, plan, implement, and evaluate research programs in the area of family and community medicine.





Duration of the Residency Training Program

Family Medicine is a four-year residency training program, which is composed of major and minor rotations.  The training periods are divided into blocks; each block is comprised of four weeks.

Required Rotations

The major rotations are:

 Family Medicine   15  blocks
 Internal Medicine  6  blocks
 Pediatrics   4  blocks
 Obstetrics & Gynecology   4  blocks
 Psychiatry   4  blocks

The minor rotations are:

 Community Medicine  2  blocks
 Emergency Medicine   2  blocks
 ENT (Otolaryngology)   2  blocks
 Dermatology  2  blocks
 Surgery   2  blocks
 Ophthalmology   1  block
 Orthopedics   1  block
 Electives/Selective (including Research)   3  blocks

Training Centers

The following teaching centers are being utilized for the major and minor rotations:

  1. Sultan Qaboos University Hospital
  2. Royal Hospital
  3. Khoula Hospital
  4. Al Nahda Hospital
  5. Al Massarah Hospital
  6. Armed Forces Hospital
  7. Nizwa Hospital
  8. Sohar Hospital

The following teaching centers are being utilized for the Family Medicine rotations:

  1. SQU FAMCO Clinic
  2. Al Amerat Health Center
  3. Al Ansab Health Center
  4. Al Athaiba Health Center
  5. Al Ghubra Health Center
  6. Al Hail Health Center
  7. Al Khoud Health Center
  8. Al Khuwair Health Center
  9. Al Nahda Health Center
  10. Al Shadi Health Center
  11. Maabela Health Center
  12. Mawaleh Health Center
  13. Muscat Health Center
  14. Muttrah Health Center
  15. North Mawaleh Health Center
  16. Ruwi Health Center
  17. Seeb Health Center
  18. South Maabela Health Center
  19. Wadi Kabir Health Center
  20. Wattaya Health Center
  21. Military Polyclinic
  22. Muaskar Al Murtafa
  23. Widam Medical Center
  24. Hay Al Mina Health Center
  25. Al Hajir Health Center

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • The applicant must be a holder of Bachelors Degree in Medicine & Surgery or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • The applicant must have completed a year of internship.
  • The applicant must be medically fit for the training.
  • The applicant must provide three letters of recommendation from three consultants with whom he/she has worked, confirming his/her ability and capability of training.
  • The applicant must submit a letter of approval from his/her sponsor confirming permission to join the specialty training program on a full-time basis.
  • The applicant must pass the interview.
  • The age limit for applicants who wants to join the residency training program is 32 years old.