Oman Medical Specialty Board
المجلس العماني للاختصاصات الطبية

Educational Programs

Program Educational Activities

Academic Day

The academic day per level (PGY1 to PGY3) is assigned twice per block from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and once per week for PGY4. The academic day schedule includes seminars, case presentations, formal lectures, journal clubs, time for self-directed learning, and research. The core topics are covered throughout the residency. The topic should be presented by the residents or guest speaker from other specialty according to the presentation topics. The resident must discuss the objectives of the assigned topic with the moderator early enough before the day of the presentation (at least two weeks) and have adequate time for preparation. The presentation must be interactive, up to date, evidence-based, and clinically oriented as much as possible.

The main goals of these teaching sessions are to provide the updated evidence based on theoretical knowledge, to develop lifelong learning skills with critical thinking and to learn how to use knowledge in their clinical practice. In addition, to enhance self-confidence for residents to speak in groups and to discuss and critically appraise opinions.

Academic activities are mandatory and essential part of the residency training. Residents are required to attend at least 75% of the academic activities in an academic year to be eligible for promotion from one level of training to a higher level. Each Resident is responsible for ensuring attendance at workshops. Residents who fail to fulfil this requirement will not be awarded a Completion of Training Certificate. Repeated absence at workshops will also prevent the Resident from eligibility for conferences and training abroad. Attendance is strictly monitored during academic activities and duly documented and monitored using the New Innovations System.

Among the academic activities required to be attended by Residents include, but not limited to:

  • Evidence-Based Medicine Workshop (Basic) – PGY1
  • Application to Evidence-Based Medicine: Randomized Controlled Trials – PGY1
  • Development of Health Education Materials in Primary Health Care – PGY1
  • Diabetes Workshop – PGY2
  • Introduction to Simulated Surgery (Clinic) Examination – PGY2
  • Journal Club
  • Technical Meetings
  • Simulation-Based Learning

    Simulation is a technique for practice and learning that can be applied to many different disciplines and trainees. It is a technique (not a technology) to replace and amplify real experiences with guided ones, often “immersive” in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion. Simulation-based learning can be the way to develop health professionals’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes, whilst protecting patients from unnecessary risks. Simulation-based medical education can be a platform which provides a valuable tool in learning to mitigate ethical tensions and resolve practical dilemmas. Simulation-based training techniques, tools, and strategies can be applied in designing structured learning experiences, as well as be used as a measurement tool linked to targeted teamwork competencies and learning objectives. (Simulation-based learning: Just like the real thing. Fatimah Lateef. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2010 Oct-Dec; 3(4): 348–352.)

    1. Basic Procedural Skills Workshop for PGY1 Residents (Casting, Nasogastric tube insertion, Catheterization)
    2. Basic Procedural Skills Workshop for PGY2 Residents (Pap smear, Suturing, IUCD insertion)
    3. Basic Intra-articular Joint Injection Workshop for PGY3 and PGY4 Residents
    4. Basic Obstetrics Procedural Skills Workshop for Family Medicine Male Residents