Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs

General Information

Our vision to achieved excellence in surgical training and education and our programme will be recognized as one of the leading surgical training programs in the region.

Our mission is to graduate independent, skilled, professional, and specialized general surgeons who have potential to become leaders in General Surgery.

Overall ­Program Objectives
The aim of this program to graduate an independent general surgeon. At he end of every rotaton, the residents should be able to:

1.  Patient Care
-  Should be able to advise patients on relevant matters regarding  pre op, intra procedure and postoperative recovery following surgery (with regards to joining work, diet, exercise, swimming or any specific advise)
-  During rounds, discusses health issues (ie: when to drive, when to exercise, dietary advice)
-  Joins in on family meetings
-  Organizes convalescence early on during patient’s hospitalization
-  Screening of familial cancer
-  Actively promotes healthy life style, disease prevention and infection control
-  Should be able to discuss discharge advice appropriately

2. Medical Knowledge
-  Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills accordingly
-  Evidence based practice
-  Strives to keep him/herself up to date with the latest in the field
-  Understands own limitations

3. Practice Based Learning & Improvement
-  Active participation in Journal Clubs
-  Involved in Teaching residents
-  Active involvement in Research and Audit
-  Teaching Awards
-  Gives priority to publication of scholarly articles and presentations in national and international scientific conferences
-  Active participation in developing Minimally Invasive System (MIS) skills by attending | simulation courses.

4. Interpersonal & Communication Skills
-  Able to write accurate, concise and appropriate notes
-  Can present consults verbally in an understandable way
-  During rounds is able to communicate effectively and empathetically with the patient
-  Can discuss treatment plans with the head or assistant head nurse (Multisource Feedback 360 degree )
-  Seniors: ensure that all team members understand the treatment plan for individual patients
-  Able to lead a team effectively and efficiently
-  Do not order needless tests
-  Demonstrate an understanding of cost-effectiveness in patient management
-  Time management
-  Organizing the monthly call schedule
-  Manage theatre lists
-  Supervise interns daily activities in the team
-  Supervise junior residents daily activities in the team
-  Take part in organizing  various CME activities
-  Organizing monthly Mortality and Morbidity  and Pathology  meeting

5. Professionalism
-  Dresses appropriately
-  Attend to duties punctually
-  Compassionate and caring towards his patient
-  Displays teamwork and respect for colleagues
-  Maintains patient confidentiality
-  Displays honesty at all times
-  Shows enthusiasm in healthcare service
-  Works responsibly and shows dependability
-  Does not hesitate in requesting expert and appropriate help from colleagues whenever needed

6. System Based Practice
-  Effectively interact with consultants and colleagues
-  Discuss cases with emergency staff
-  Interact and discuss  cases with radiology staff
-  Interact positively in a multidisciplinary group in the context of patient care.

Chairman and Program Director

-  Dr. Hani Al Qadhi - Chairman
-  Dr. Yaqoob Al Sawafi - Program Director 

Duration of the Residency Training Program

Five (5) years are divided into 65 (13 x 5) blocks of 4 weeks of residency training of which 54 blocks are general surgical rotation. In addition, the residents must attend all OMSB core curriculum workshops and essential surgical skills courses: ATLS–Advanced Trauma Life Support, BSSC-Basic Surgical Skills Course, Laparoscopic Course, ACLS-Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course, Vascular Anostomosis and residents we highly recommend  to attend  and present in international conferences in general surgery : ACS-American College of Surgeons, ASC-Australasian Surgical Congress, ASGBI-Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland; Toronto Update in General Surgery, ELSA-Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia Conference and SAGES-Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Residents must fulfill a minimum of 75% of each rotation and must attend 75% of the weekly didactic teaching sessions. They are allowed a maximum 4 weeks of annual leave per year.

Required Rotations

Junior Rotations (R1 & R2):
Consists 26 blocks divided into:
-  11 blocks general surgery
  (HPB-SQUH/RH, UGI (RH), Breast/oncology (SQUH/RH)
  Colorectal (RH), head/neck surgery & endocrine surgery (SQUH/AlNahda)
-  3 blocks pediatric surgery(SQUH/RH)
-  3 blocks trauma surgery (SQUH)
-  2 blocks vascular surgery (RH/SQUH)
-  2 blocks endoscopy(SQUH/RH)
-  2 blocks  cardiothoracic surgery(SQUH)
-  2 blocks surgical critical care (RH/SQUH/KH)
-  1 block  elective (Radiology-KH/RH/SQUH), Plastic Surgery(KH), Urology(RH)

Senior Rotations (R3 & R4):
Consists 26 blocks divided into:
-  2 blocks general surgery
(HPB-SQUH/RH, UGI (RH),Colorectal (RH), Breast (RH/SQUH)
-  3 blocks general surgery focusing on laparoscopy
  (HPB-SQUH/RH, Colorectal-RH, UGI-RH)
-  1 block elective (laparoscopic course in India)
-  2 block Transplant Surgery (abroad)
-  3 blocks regional general surgery (Interior hospital)
-  3 blocks trauma surgery (SQUH)
-  3blocks endocrine surgery (RH/SQUH)
-  3 blocks oncology surgery (SQUH)
-  3 blocks vascular surgery (SQUH/RH)
-  3 blocks surgical research

Chief Year Rotations (R5):
Consists 13 blocks divided into:
-  10 blocks general surgery (SQUH,RH,AFH)
-  3 blocks laparoscopic surgery(SQUH,RH)

Training Centers

1.  Main Training Centers
Royal Hospital, Sultan Qaboos University hospital and Armed Forces Hospital,

2.  Regional Hospital for other Rotations and/or Electives
Regional Surgery Nizwa Hospital, Regional Surgery, Sohar Hospital, Regional Surgery Salalah

Minimum Requirements for Admission : 10