Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs

General information

Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
The ORL- H&N program aims at becoming the leading training program to cater the needs of the country in future decades.

The training program aims to educate the trainees so that they will become competent and knowledgeable specialty practitioners.

·  To complete the training with utmost sincerity and commitment so as to have an all-round development and successfully achieve the learning objectives as set out in the curriculum.
·  To provide the optimal services to patients while keeping international standards as the benchmark.
·  To apply the knowledge of TQM (Total Quality Management) to maintain and improve the quality of health care.
·  To develop an attitude in training as this will encourage life-long learning and professional development and understand the importance of ethical medical practice.
·  To make the trainees aware of various National Programs (eg. National Ear Care Program) so that they can richly contribute to all levels of preventive and therapeutic aspects of community service.

Overall ­Program Objectives

The training program of the OMSB- ORL-HNS prepares the residents to become a general Otorhinolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon. The resident should also have the basic knowledge and concepts related to communication disorders. Sub-specialization in different fields of the specialty is becoming more common and is necessary to deal with the more complex problems with a higher level of expertise. Although during the training program an initial training in one of the subspecialties may be included, the OMSB training scheme will be focused on the training of the general Otorhinolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon.
At the completion of the training program, residents should be prepared to provide comprehensive evaluation and management of patients of all ages who have medical and surgical disorders of the upper respiratory and upper alimentary tracts and related structures of the Head and Neck. They should be able to carry out diagnostic evaluation as well as surgical and non-surgical management of otolaryngologic disorders including rehabilitation and, when appropriate, referral to the sub-specialist.

Dr. Mazin Jawad Jaffar Al Khabori
Dr. Rashid Khalfan Salim Al Abri

Duration of the Residency Training Program

The duration of the official training program has been fixed as 6 years, including required rotations in PGY – 1 and PGY-2 other than ENT  which includes General Surgery, General Surgery- Trauma, Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Anesthesia, Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Medicine. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery rotation will be taken during PGY-4 level.  The resident will finish the program requirement by the End of PGY-5.

PGY-6 is training enhancement year (Pre-fellowship year) where in the resident/s will be posted in their chosen area of specialty.

The majority of the training period would be spent at Al Nahdha Hospital and Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) with contribution of other OMSB accredited training hospitals as per rotation requirement.

Training Centers
  •   Main Training Centers
Al-Nahdha Hospital
Sultan Qaboos University Hospital
Armed Forces Hospital

  •   Regional Hospital for other Rotations and/or Electives
Royal Hospital
Khoula Hospital
Sohar Hospital
Nizwa Hospital

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Article (14) of Academic Bylaws:  Requirements for acceptance in the training programs of the specialty:
  •   The Resident must be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine & Surgery or equivalent from a recognized university.
  •   The Resident must have completed a year of internship.
  •   The Resident must be medically fit for the training.
  •   The Resident must provide three letters of recommendation from three consultants with whom he/she has worked confirming his/her ability and capability of training.
  •    The Resident must submit a letter of approval from his/her sponsor confirming their permission to release him/her to join training program of the specialty on a full time basis.
  •    The Resident must pass OMSB Selection Exam.
  •    The Resident must pass the interview.
o  After the approval of OMSB, the Education Committees may add other conditions, oral or written exams, or tests for admission.  The Residents are selected as per OMSB rules & regulations and available slots.