The Resident must adhere to these bylaws as well as the training rules and regulations issued by the OMSB, the Scientific Committee of the specialty (Education Committee of the Program), and the training center in which the Resident receives his/her training. The Resident is strictly prohibited from working in the private sector during his/her training program
OMSB shall decide the necessary training period for each training program. If the Resident does not complete his/her training within the period approved, he/she may be granted an additional period of no longer than two years
OMSB may send the Resident abroad for a period of no longer than six years. This period may be extended to one additional year if necessary. OMSB may also send the Resident abroad to attend a conference, a seminar, and specialty examinations, for a period of no longer than two weeks. In all cases, the Resident must submit a document that proves his/her attending these activities.
Admission to the Residency Training Program
Article (14) of Academic Bylaws:
Requirements for acceptance in the training programs of the specialty:
1. The Resident must be a holder of a Bachelors Degree in Medicine & Surgery or equivalent from a recognized university.
2. The Resident must have completed a year of internship.
3. Resident must be medically fit for the training.
4. 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.
5. The Resident must submit a letter of approval from his/her sponsor confirming their permission to release him/her to join the specialty training program on a full time basis.
6. The Resident must pass the interview.
After the approval of OMSB, the Scientific Committees (Education Committee of the Program) may add other conditions, oral or written exams, or tests for admission. The Residents are selected as per OMSB rules & regulations and available slots.
Rules & regulations for residency training program
Registration with the OMSB
The scientific committee (Education Committee) has to outline the additional specialty specific requirements besides the general OMSB requirements, if any.
The names of the Residents accepted for admission in one of the training programs, together with their “Release Qarars”, shall be sent to OMSB. Registration must be completed no later than one month prior to the beginning of the training year.
All Residents who are enrolled in one of the OMSB Medical Specialty Training Program and who wish to continue their training must register with the OMSB at the beginning of each training year. A Resident is not permitted to register in more than one training program of the OMSB at a time.
The Resident or his/her sponsor shall undertake to pay the annual training fees prescribed by the OMSB.
Evaluation & Completion of Residency Training
The Resident must be evaluated by his/her consultant monthly using the approved evaluation form and the reports about Residents shall be sent to the Program Director every month. These reports should then be submitted to the Specific Scientific Committees (Education Committee of the Programs) which will send them to the Training Affairs Department at OMSB to be kept in the Residents’ file.
The Resident must complete at least 3/4 of the assigned training period for it to be considered valid.
The Resident must spend equal training periods when rotating among the accredited training centers.
The Program Director must prepare a report showing the progress of the Resident every six months and at the end of the academic year. The Program Director must use the approved evaluation form for this purpose provided that the report has to be signed by the Resident which is then presented to the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) for approval, and submission to the OMSB and the Resident's Sponsor.
The Scientific Committees (Education Committee of the Programs) shall conduct annual examinations for the evaluation of the Residents. The results of these examinations shall be part of the Residents’ evaluation process for promotion purposes.
A Resident's promotion from one level to the next one (e.g. from the first year to the second year) is based on the average of the periodical assessment reports which represents 50%, and the End of Year Examination for training programs which represents 50%. However, the Resident must get a general average of no less than 60% for each part
Completion of training of the Resident is based on the Scientific Committee’s (Education Committee of the Program's) recommendation for completion of training approved by the Executive Board. The recommendation should be based on the Resident’s periodical evaluation reports, the result of his/her End of Year Examination, and the completion of the log book in the health specialties which requires so. .
Transfer to another Specialty
The Resident is allowed to transfer from one specialty to another if the following conditions are fulfilled:
1. The approval of the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) of the specialty in which the Resident is registered.
2. The approval of the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) of the specialty to which the Resident wishes to transfer and the fulfillment of admission conditions for the specialty.
3. The approval of the sponsor.
4. The approval of the Executive Board.
5. Transfer applications shall be submitted at least four months prior to the end of the training year. All transfers shall take place at the beginning of the training year only. Thus, the Resident is required to complete his/ her current training year before he/she can transfer to another specialty at the beginning of the training year.
The Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program), to which the Resident has transferred, must recommend counting the previous training period the Resident has taken, if possible, and must also specify the level at which the Resident shall start. The recommendation should be sent to the Board for approval.
OMSB Certificates & Examinations
OMSB examinations will be as follows:
A. End-Of-Year Examination
1. This examination is conducted at the end of each academic year.
2. The written examination consists of at least one hundred (100) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The Scientific Committees (Education Committee of the Program) may add other examination such as OSCE, orals, short cases, etc.
3. The passing score is 50% for R1 and R2 and 60% for R3 and above. However, if the percentage of the residents passing the examination is less than 70%, the passing score can be adjusted lower to achieve 70% passing rate.
4. Re-sit exams will be given to a resident three (3) months after failing the End-of-Year Exam.
5. A resident who fails both, End-of-Year and Re-sit Exam will have to repeat the year at the same residency training level.
B. OMSB PART I Examination
1. The examination is a qualifying examination. A resident must pass OMSB Part-I Examination before attempting the Final Examination to obtain the Specialty Certificate.
2. A Resident is allowed three (3) attempts to pass the OMSB Part I Exam. This exam can be attempted at R2; however, the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) may selectively allow a resident who is competent to do OMSB Part I Exam at the end of R1.
3. No R3 Residents will be allowed to progress to R4 level without passing the OMSB Part I Exam.
4. OMSB Registration will be cancelled if a resident does not pass the OMSB Part I in three (3) attempts.
5. OMSB will cover the exam fees for the first two (2) attempts only. Examination cost for the third attempt will have to be covered by the resident.
6. The passing score for this examination is 70%. However, if the percentage of the residents passing the examination is less than 70%, the passing score can be adjusted lower to achieve 70% passing rate and that the score can be lowered up to 65% (whichever comes first). Under no circumstances, the score can be reduced below 65%.
C. The Final Examination for the Specialty Certificate
1. The Final Examination will be conducted after a successful completion of the training program of the specialty for the period approved, and passing all End of Training Year Examinations as well as Part I Examination for the Specialty Certificate.
2. The Final Exam is conducted in the final year of the training period. The Resident who fails the exam may repeat it within a year after the approval of the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program). The Resident is not allowed to repeat Part I Exam for more than three times. The Residents will be terminated from the Residency training program if he/she does not succeed in the third attempt. However, in exceptional cases, the Resident may be granted a fourth attempt by OMSB.
3. The Final Examination may consist of written and oral parts, OSCE, and short clinical cases.
4. The passing score is 70%. However, if the percentage of the Residents passing the examination is less than 70%, the passing score can be lowered by one mark aiming at achieving 70% passing rate or reaching a percentage of 65%, whichever comes first. Under no circumstances, the score can be lowered below 65%.
The Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) may change the format and the passing score of the examinations after the approval of the Executive Board.
The OMSB shall issue the Oman Medical Board Specialty Certificate following the completion of the training program and passing the final examination.
* Please refer to APPENDIX 1 for List of Examinations conducted at OMSB
* Please refer to APPENDIX 2 for OMSB Examination Application Form
Interruption & Withdrawal from the Residency Training Program
The Resident may interrupt his/her training for a period of no longer than one block (28 days) on the occasion of death of spouse, parents, or children, or illness of the Resident, spouse, parents or children if needed after the approval of the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) and the Executive President. In all cases the Resident must submit supporting documents for any case of interruption.
If the Resident interrupts his/her training with a valid reason for a period of no longer than one block (28 days), the training period prior to the interruption will be counted provided that the Resident must compensate for the period of interruption with an equivalent period during his/her residency training. Interruption is not allowed for more than twice throughout the whole training period.
The Resident may withdraw from the residency training program if he/she has a valid reason provided that the consent of the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program), OMSB, and sponsor have been obtained. If the Resident who has withdrawn wishes to rejoin at OMSB, he/she should be evaluated by the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) to determine the possibility of accepting him/her into OMSB’s residency training program and the appropriate training level.
The Resident’s registration is cancelled in the following circumstances:
1. If the Resident does not succeed in the overall annual evaluation (the periodical evaluation together with the End of Training Year Examination) for two consecutive years in the training program.
2. If the Resident fails to pass after exhausting the chances for entering Part I Exam or the Final Examination according to the rules and regulations of examinations.
3. If the Resident exceeds two years in addition to the minimum training period for any training program.
4. If the Resident interrupts the training without a valid excuse accepted by the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) and for a period of 15 consecutive days or 30 separate days during the entire period of training.
5. If the Resident withdraws during the training program.
6. If the Resident does not abide by the rules and regulations of the training program, or the OMSB bylaws after being warned (see Article 40-3) and does not improve during the training period.
7. If the Resident has been convicted of an offence violating the public honor or the professional ethics unless he/she is proved innocent.
The registration of a Resident is cancelled upon a decision from the Executive Board based on the recommendation of the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program). The Resident; however, has the right to appeal against a decision of termination to the Executive President within 30 days from his/her receiving a written notification of the decision. The OMSB will study his/her appeal and send him/her a reply within 15 days from the date of the Resident submitting the appeal. If the Resident does not receive a reply, then his/her appeal is rejected.
The Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program) will look into the violations related to the training such as absence, neglect and academic attainment, or related to morals, behavior, ethics or professional conduct. After the violation is proved, the Committee is authorized to recommend the following:
1. A written reprimand.
2. A warning letter.
3. The final warning letter in addition to placing the Resident under probation for a period to be specified by the Scientific Committee (Education Committee of the Program).
4. Termination of the Resident and closure of the file.
The recommendations should be submitted with a detailed report on the case of the violation to the Executive Board to take the appropriate decision. The Resident’s sponsor will be informed about the decision.
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