Introduction
Specialty education is an essential part of development in any successful healthcare system in any part of the world. Family Medicine is one of the fundamental components of this healthcare system in many countries including Sultanate of Oman.
 
Family Medicine concept of delivering healthcare was developed in the late 1960s. The specialty embraced continuity and comprehensiveness on the patient’s perspective within the context of family and community. 
 
Family Medicine residency training program at Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) has adopted a competency-based curriculum concept which is comprehensive, focused on continuity of education, and patient care.
 
Family Medicine residency training program is providing opportunity for the residents to learn in multiple settings (e.g., hospital, community, emergency departments, psychiatry, and primary care facilities, etc.).
 
Diverse elective opportunities are available and each resident is encouraged to develop areas of special interest, including training in competency-based procedures; those skills and procedures which are within the scope of Family Medicine.
 
The overall goal of the Family Medicine curriculum is to ensure that the graduate will be proficient family physicians, capable of providing high quality care to their patients and families; furthermore, prepare them to be lifelong learners. 
 
Graduates are expected to be competent in providing care throughout the various stages of the lifecycle including prevention and health promotion.
 
  Vision
Our program will achieve excellence in training future family physicians with the skills, values and attitudes to practice high quality Family Medicine.

  Mission
To graduate caring, competent and collaborative family physicians who are well oriented to the problems and needs of the community in Oman.
 
  Overall ­Program Objectives
At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to do the following:

  •   To diagnose and manage medical conditions commonly encountered in primary care.
  •   To provide effective comprehensive and continuing care for individuals, families, and community.
  •   To deal in a balanced way with physical, psychological and social problems of patients.
  •   To use available community resources, secondary and/or tertiary health care systems effectively and efficiently.
  •   To provide and organize primary and preventive care for individuals, families and designated population groups.
  •   To form good relationships with patients, families and the community and meet their needs and fulfill their expectations.
  •   To teach and learn effectively from colleagues, patients, families and community.
  •   To apply the principles and practice of health service planning, organization, administration and evaluation.
  •   To conceptualize, plan, implement, and evaluate research programs in the area of family and community medicine.
 
  CHAIRMAN
DR. ABDULAZIZ MAHMOOD AL MAHREZI
 
  PROGRAM DIRECTOR
DR. NAJLAA JAAFAR MOHAMMED
 
  Duration of the Residency Training Program
Family Medicine is a four-year residency training program, which is composed of major and minor rotations.  The training periods are divided into blocks; each block is comprised of four weeks.
 
  •   Required Rotations
The major rotations are:

 Family Medicine   15  blocks
 Internal Medicine  6  blocks
 Pediatrics   4  blocks
 Obstetrics & Gynecology   4  blocks
 Psychiatry   4  blocks

The minor rotations are:

 Community Medicine  2  blocks
 Emergency Medicine   2  blocks
 ENT (Otolaryngology)   2  blocks
 Dermatology  2  blocks
 Surgery   2  blocks
 Ophthalmology   1  block
 Orthopedics   1  block
 Electives/Selective (including Research)   3  blocks

  Training Centers

The following teaching centers are being utilized for the major and minor rotations:
1.  Sultan Qaboos University Hospital  5.  Al Massarah Hospital
2.  Royal Hospital   6.  Armed Forces Hospital
3.  Khoula Hospital   7.  Nizwa Hospital
4.  Al Nahda Hospital  8.  Sohar Hospital
 
The following teaching centers are being utilized for the Family Medicine rotations:
1.  SQU FAMCO Clinic    14.  Muttrah Health Center
2.  Al Amerat Health Center   15.  North Mawaleh Health Center
3.  Al Ansab Health Center  16.  Ruwi Health Center
4.  Al Athaiba Health Center  17.  Seeb Health Center
5.  Al Ghubra Health Center   18.  South Maabela Health Center
6.  Al Hail Health Center  19.  Wadi Kabir Health Center
7.  Al Khoud Health Center   20.  Wattaya Health Center
8.  Al Khuwair Health Center   21.  Military Polyclinic
9.  Al Nahda Health Center   22.  Muaskar Al Murtafa
10. Al Shadi Health Center   23.  Widam Medical Center
11. Maabela Health Center  24.  Hay Al Mina Health Center
12. Mawaleh Health Center  25.  Al Hajir Health Center
13. Muscat Health Center   

 
  Minimum Requirements for Admission
  •   The applicant must be a holder of Bachelors Degree in Medicine & Surgery or equivalent from a recognized university.
  •   The applicant must have completed a year of internship.
  •   The applicant must be medically fit for the training.
  •   The applicant must provide three letters of recommendation from three consultants with whom he/she has worked, confirming his/her ability and capability of training.
  •   The applicant must submit a letter of approval from his/her sponsor confirming permission to join the specialty training program on a full-time basis.
  •   The applicant must pass the interview.
  •   The age limit for applicants who wants to join the residency training program is 32 years old.