Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

About omsb

Standards For Specialty Training

  The OMSB is the national body responsible for supervising and accrediting the various Medical Specialty Training Programs. This is to assist health professionals in acquiring the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary for their certification as specialists in all branches of Medicine.
Various scientific committees of medical specialties have emerged under the auspices of OMSB. These Scientific Committees will enhance and direct the development of Medical Specialty Training Programs. The Approved Training Programs will ensure in-depth knowledge, high standard skills and attitudes essential for physicians and surgeons to perform adequately as accomplished competent specialists. To develop OMSB accredited training programs scientific committees should conform to the following standards.

 Each scientific committee must set a mission statement specific for its specialty in addition to the OMSB mission statement. The mission of the OMAN MEDICAL SPECIALTY BOARD is to maintain and improve the quality of medical care throughout the country by developing and setting the professional and educational standards for the training and certification of specialists.
 Towards achieving its mission, the Scientific Committee of Medical Specialty shall, as the coordinating board, be organized to fulfill the following responsibilities:

 a. To provide detailed information on the scope, objectives and structure of the Individual Specialty Program, including description and specification of:

  •  The educational standards of the teaching / training program.
  •  The activities and responsibilities of the residents at each level.
  •  The nature and volume of clinical material available to the program.
  •  The senior teaching staff involved in the program.
  •  The physical facilities and other resources available for the program.
  •  The proposed number of residents in each year of the program.

 b. To recommend to the OMSB policies, standards and criteria relating to accreditation of the Training Program and to determine the category of accreditation to be granted to each program.

 c. To recommend to the OMSB policies, standards and criteria relating to training matters pertaining to its specialty.

 d. To establish and maintain Standards for the administration of examinations for certification.

 e. To set standards for regular and periodic evaluation of their residents. 

 f. To set standards for regular and periodic evaluation of the teaching faculty.

 The Scientific Committee should provide a detailed written curriculum of Specialty Training Program according to the following:

 a.  Introduction 

 b.  General Objectives 

 c.  Specific Objectives 

 d. Admission Requirements 

 e. Structure of the Training Program, Outline of Rotations – both Core and Elective – for duration of the Training Program 

 f. Didactic Lecture series for all years

 g. Contents of the Program and detailed syllabus of the Training Program. 

 h. Determining Graded Responsibilities for every training year.

 i. Graded introduction of surgical techniques and procedures, if applicable. 

 j. Duration of the Training Program 

 k. Certification and Required Examinations 

 l. The participating training centers and institutions must be clearly defined and they must be accredited by OMSB.

 m. The members of the teaching faculty.

 n. Number of Resident posts available annually in the Program according to availability of Teaching Faculty, resources and facilities.

 o. Publications and Research Requirements.

 The scientific committee has to outline the additional specialty specific requirements besides the general OMSB requirements, if any.

 a. All the resident evaluation criteria of the OMSB, governing evaluation process must be observed.

 b. The promotion of the Resident from one level to another should be determined by:

  •  Passing the End-of-Year Examination which can be either written and/or clinical.
  •  Passing overall performance evaluation of each rotation.

 a. The final examination will be decided by the Scientific Committee of the Specialty.

 b. The scientific committee will assist the OMSB in setting up certifying examination.

 c. Before applying for the final certifying examination, the candidate must have successfully completed the specified training program of the Specialty. 

 d. In all the examinations, the by-laws of the OMSB governing examination process will be observed. 

 e. To be certified, the candidate must get a passing score in the final examination. 

 f. Upon completion of the required training and passing the final examination, the certificate of the Specialty will be conferred upon the candidate.  

 g. The title of the certificate of all the Specialties will be “OMAN MEDICAL SPECIALTY BOARD IN …………… (The individual specialty)”.


 a. There must be sufficient number of Training Faculty in all training centers and they must have the qualifications, which enable them to supervise and teach all Residents of the Program.

 b. The ratio of the Training Faculty to the Residents must be justifiably adequate for the specialty. Typically the ratio of 1 Consultant to 3 Residents is regarded as adequate according to international standards.

 c. The Training Faculty should dedicate enough time for the training and teaching process. 

 d. The Training Faculty must allow the Residents “protected time“ to attend Lectures and Conferences conducted by the Program - at least 2 hours/week.  

 e. The Training Faculty must dedicate a stated time for academic training and participate in the time designated for academic training. 

 f. The Training Faculty must make sure that the Residents’ education and training have priority over the clinical service. 

 g. The Training Faculty must provide a suitable environment for Residents’ attendance at Conferences and they must encourage research.

 h. The training Faculty must encourage the Residents to participate in clinical discussions and clinical rounds. 

 i. Members of the Training Faculty must be holders of Specialty Certificate of that Specialty. 

 j. Members of the Training Faculty must be experienced in the field of academic and clinical teaching. 

 For a Training Program to participate in OMSB, it has to be accredited by OMSB. For accreditation the following requirements must be fulfilled:

 a. Meet the requirements for accreditation as detailed in the OMSB general accreditation by-laws. 

 b.  Meet the specific requirements for the Specialty.


 a. Termination criteria of OMSB bylaws must be followed as the minimum termination requirements. 

 b. Any additional criteria for the specialty have to be clearly outlined.


  The cost of essential and mandatory courses, examination fees, etc. for the specialty should be outlined.