Clinical Biochemistry Residency Program
 
Vision
To set standards for training of medical graduates to attain a competency level of consultant in Clinical Biochemistry during a period of five years.
 
Mission
The Clinical Biochemistry Training Program will develop and prepare graduates to lead a full and comprehensive high quality clinical biochemistry service in the hospital.
 
Overall ­Program Objectives
The purpose of the curriculum of Clinical Biochemistry (Chemical Pathology) Residency Program is to set the standards required by the OMSB and recognized by other international bodies (e.g. Royal College of Pathologists in UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland). This will ensure that trainees are fully prepared to lead a full Clinical and Biochemical Laboratory service at consultant level. The educational program provides:

  • Experience of laboratory practice to enable the trainee to attain an understanding of the:
  • Biochemical process associated with pathological change
  • Rationale for investigation and treatment of disease and the interpretation of test results
  • Experience of the diagnostic techniques required to become technically competent in practical work, and to master the underlying analytical and clinical principles.
  • Opportunity to gain knowledge of the metabolic changes that occur in disease.
  • Opportunity to gain knowledge of specialist areas such as Paediatric Clinical Biochemistry and Toxicology, in order to be able to provide specialist advice.
  • Training in the communication and teaching skills necessary for effective practice.
  • Acquisition of the ability to provide specialist opinion in Clinical Biochemistry.
  • Acquisition of management skills to lead a department providing an effective service.
  • Experience of research and development projects and critical assessment of published work so as to contribute in a team and individually to the development of the service.
  • Acquisition of life-long habits of reading, literature searches, consultation with colleagues, attendance at scientific meetings, and the presentation of scientific work that are essential for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Experience of the practice of clinical governance and audit (specialist and multidisciplinary) through evaluation of practice against the standards of evidence-based medicine, which underpin biochemistry practice.
 
The balance between practical laboratory and clinical training will be influenced by educational background, personal interests and guidance from supervisors. The acquisition of clinical competence is required particularly in endocrinology, metabolic medicine, nutrition, inborn errors of metabolism, disorders of lipid metabolism and cardiovascular risk assessment, disorders of calcium metabolism and bone, and diabetes mellitus. The curriculum will facilitate regular assessment of the trainees’ progress by their trainers.
 
CHAIRMAN
DR. WAADALLAH SHAREF MULA ABED
 
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
DR. NAFILA BAZDAWI MOHAMED AL RIYAMI
 
Duration of the Residency Training Program
A minimum of five years duration would normally be required to satisfactorily complete the OMSB Clinical Biochemistry curriculum to the required depth and breadth.
 
The resident will have 12 months of training with one-month vacation in each year. The resident may not progress to the next stage of training until he/she satisfactorily completed the preceding stage. Residents who do not meet the requirements set by the program and the OMSB for completion of training and certification are allowed to have extension of training to fulfill those requirements as per the OMSB rules and regulations.
 
 Required Rotations

 PROGRAM CONTENT  YEAR 1  YEAR 2  YEAR 3  YEAR 4  YEAR 5  TOTAL
 Clinical Biochemistry Lab  12  5  4  -  6  27
 Adult Endocrinology  -  2  2  -  -  4
 Pediatric Endocrinology  -  -  2  -  -  2
 Hematology  -  1  -  -  -  1
 Hepatology  -  1  -  -  -  1
 Neonatology  -  1  -  -  -  1
 Pediatric Metabolic Medicine  -  1  -  -  -  1
 Lipids  -  -  1  - -  1
 ICU  -  -  1  - -  1
 Nephrology  -  -  2  - -  2
 Research  -  -    12*  4  17
 Elective (Toxicology, TPN, Paediatric Metabolic Medicine, Lipids or other related subspecialties)  -  -  -    2  2
 Clinical and Laboratory Attachment  -  1  -  12*    12
 Biochemical Basis of Disease  -  Course during Clinical Biochemistry lab rotation (once per week for 3 months)  -  -  -  
 Methodology & Instrumentation  Course during Clinical Biochemistry lab rotation (once per week for 3 months)    -  -  -  


 
Training Centers
  • Sultan Qaboos University Hospital
  • Royal Hospital
  • Al Nahdha Hospital
 
Minimum Requirements for Admission
  • The applicant must be a holder of Medical Degree in Medicine and Surgery or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • He/she must have completed a year of internship.
  • He/she must be of good conduct and medically fit for the specialty.
  • He/she must provide three letters of recommendation from three consultants with whom he/she has worked confirming his/her ability & capability of training.
  • He/she must submit a letter of approval from his/her sponsor confirming permission to join the OMSB specialty training program on a full time basis for the entire period of training.
  • He/she must pass both the OMSB selection exam and the interview.
  • The Scientific Committees of the specialty may add other conditions, oral or written exams, or tests for admission as approved by the OMSB.  The resident must fulfill the additional conditions set by the program.
  • The applicants are selected as per the OMSB rules and regulations.