The Post-graduate Surgical Training Program (PSTP) is structured to train doctors in the fields of general surgery andits sub-specialties. The primary objective of the program is to prepare those enrolled to meet the academic and clinical standards required to work at Junior Consultant Senior Registrar level.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMME
The combinedprogram involves of theoretical and clinical training in general surgery. It is designed to provide progressively increasing experience and responsibilities andtakesinto account experience in specific surgical specialties i.e. cardio-thoracic, paediatric, vascular, neurosurgical, trauma and orthopaedic by providing specially designed courses and rotations in these specialties.
Applications will only be accepted from those who have obtained a basic medical qualification from a recognized medical college, andhave completed a 12- monthpost-qualificationinternship. Candidates fulfilling the above are also required to attend anin- depthinterview. The interviewing committee is comprised of senior surgical and academic members of the Faculty ofMedicine. Kuwait University. Ministry of Health and Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization(KIMS).
Six candidates are admittedto the program each year.
In addition to a continuous assessment policy candidates are required to be successfulin the following; -
The final examination for this level is composed of: -
2 MCQ papers
- Paper 1offers60 questions in applied basic sciences and principles of surgery.
- Paper 2 offers questions specific to general surgery and its specialties.
3. Oral Examinations
- Each examination is of 20 minutes duration
- Station 1 examines critical care and applied physiology.
- Station 2 examines the principles of surgery and operative surgery.
- StationS examines clinical surgery andpathology.
This examinationis conducted for40 minutes and tests the candidate’s ability to take a good history, his clinical examinationtechnique andhis ability to establish a differential diagnosis. Interpersonal skills are also observed.
KIMS was established under a decree issued by HH the Amir of Kuwait. The institute is engaged in a variety of activities, including the organization of internship training of pre-registration medical graduates, specialty training at various levels in different medical fields, and continuing medical education programs for health professionals practicing in Kuwait.See all Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization courses