Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs



We will strive to achieve excellence in clinical and surgical ophthalmic training, research activities and education in the field of ophthalmology. 


The training program in Ophthalmology is intended to produce competent general Ophthalmologist that has an excellent knowledge both in medical and surgical Ophthalmology.

Overall ­Program Objectives

1.  Consultancy competence:
At the completion of training, the resident must have the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for independent management of a wide range of Ophthalmological conditions.

2.  Communication:
The resident must achieve a high level of competence in communicating with patients and relatives. He/she must also develop effective oral and written communication skills with other members of the health care team.

3.  Health economics:
The resident must have a working knowledge of the economic aspects of health care. She/he will understand that interventions should be limited to situations where benefit can be reasonably expected, based on best available evidence. The Ophthalmology resident must have the ability to assess the efficacy, costs, risks, benefits and reliability of diagnostic, investigative and therapeutic interventions.

4.  Teaching:
The resident must assume responsibility for teaching patients and colleagues, including medical students and health professionals.

5.  Behaviors / Values:
The resident will learn to demonstrate ethical, empathetic and professional behavior showing an awareness of personal limitations and seeking consultation appropriately. She/he must demonstrate leadership qualities and the ability to co-operate with other members of the health care team.

6.  Critical appraisal:
The resident must acquire knowledge of basic bio statistical and epidemiological principles necessary for critical evaluation of the medical literature especially the aspects of causation, prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy.

7.  Research:
The resident must understand the strengths and limitations of various research designs, and will during residency training, design and present the results of at least one prospective study which addresses an issue of relevance to the specialty.

8.  Medical imaging:
The resident must have the working knowledge necessary for appropriate and effective utilization of medical imaging in Ophthalmology

9.  Quality improvement:
The resident should appreciate the value and application of various approaches to Quality Improvement, and have participated in a medical audit process.

10.   Ethics and Legal Issues:
The resident must have knowledge of the fundamental principles of ethics and their application to issues in Ophthalmology, particularly as they relate to informed consent and confidentiality. Legal issues would relate to local laws 

11.   Record keeping and Information Technology:
Learn the importance of adequate record-keeping as a tool in diagnosing medical problems, managing treatments and assessing quality of care. Learn to effectively use health information and the meaning and implementation of clinical governance.



Program Director:


Duration of the Residency Training Program

  • Required Rotations
Year 1
Refraction, Basic Science Course, Ward, General Ophthalmology and Pediatric Ophthalmology

Year 2
General Ophthalmology, Ward, Emergency (Casualty), Oculoplastic, Retina, Glaucoma, Neuro-ophthalmology and Research Block

Year 3
Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ward, Emergency (Casualty), Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastic and Neuro-ophthalmology

Year 4
Surgical Rotations

Year 5
Elective Blocks

  • Duration of the Program:

-  5 years of structured training; total of 65 periods, 13 blocks per year, each block is 4 weeks duration.
-  Rotation consists of blocks of periods designed in subspecialty.
-  Rotations will be designed at the beginning of each academic year by the curriculum subcommittee.
-  On-call schedule will be put up at the beginning of each block.
-  Trainee must fulfill a minimum of 75% of each period (3 weeks) – total absence not to exceed 10 weeks in the whole 5 years (including maternity leave, sick leave  and other leaves of absence).
-  Appropriate supervision and progressive graded responsibilities.

Training Centers

  • Main Training Centers
  1. Al Nahda Hospital
  2. SQUH
  3. AFH

  • Regional Hospital for other Rotations and/or Electives
  1. King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital – Saudi Arabia – Basic Science Course
  2. Dr. P.N. Mahendra Eye Institute & Khairabad Eye Hospital – Phaco Elective

Minimum Requirements for Admission

- The trainee is selected as per the OMSB rules and regulations.
- The number of residents accepted each year will be decided by the ophthalmology training program under the authority OMSB general body.

The trainee:
  1.  Should register with OMSB and abide by all its bylaws.
  2.  Must pass an interview conducted by the Ophthalmology Scientific Committee.
  3.  Should demonstrate interest in Ophthalmology.
  4.  Must successfully complete his / her Internship which requires submission of records of completion.
  5.  Age not to exceed 32 years when joining the program.
  6.  Should be medically fit as per OMSB requirements. 
  7.  Should meet the ophthalmology fitness criteria (visual acuity, binocularity, etc.)
  8.  Must submit a letter of approval from his/ her sponsor confirming permission to join the OMSB specialty training program on full time basis for the entire period of training.
  9.  Provide three letter of recommendation from three consultants