Nuclear Medicine is one of the most recently established medical specialties. It involves the use of radioactive material in the human for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of disease. Procedures performed in nuclear medicine can be best described as functional, non-invasive and quantitative. The services provided by the nuclear medicine department have become   indispensable for management of patients in modem clinical practice.

The Nuclear Medicine Subcommittee of the KIMS Faculty of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine is the official body that overlooks the specialist training of physicians in the field of Nuclear Medicine in Kuwait. All matters related to this aim including the organisation and running of the postgraduate speciality training programmes in nuclear medicine fall within its capacities and responsibilities.

AIM OF PROGRAMME

The aim of the programme is to provide specialist training for physicians in Nuclear Medicine.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Medical graduates with a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience, of which 1 year is internal medicine, are admitted.

Candidates holding an MSc degree or equivalent in nuclear medicine, and who have worked for at least 2 years in Kuwait in nuclear medicine after the MSc may be accepted. They will be eligible for up to 2 years credit.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

The training in the programme will last leading to the certification of the Kuwait Board of Nuclear Medicine (KBNM).

Structure and Content of the Programme 

The programme content is covered by didactic lectures, practicals and clinical rotations in various hospitals in Kuwait.

First Year

The programme for the first year aims to cover the basic science of nuclear medicine especially nuclear physics, radiation detectors and radiopharmacv. In addition, the essential clinical nuclear medicine procedures are taught.

The clinical rotations in the first year of the programme take place in the nuclear medicine departments to provide the residents hands-on experience in what they learnt in the didactic part.

At the end of the first year, the candidates are evaluated by a written examination. The score of the examination in addition to the inpidual performance at the clinical sites including activities such as preparation of case reports will all count toward promotion of the candidate to the second year if the performance is satisfactory or, if otherwise, dismissal from the programme.

Second Year

Theoretical and practical teaching in the second year aims at providing advanced knowledge of the various techniques used in nuclear medicine, in addition to research tools and applications. The clinical part in this year includes non-nuclear medicine rotations in the disciplines of radiology, medicine, surgery, pediatrics and pathology, as well as rotations in nuclear medicine thus providing a well rounded exposure to cunent trends in clinical practice and the role of nuclear medicine procedures in addressing specific issues in each field.

Third Year

In the third year, the residents will be performing under supervision most nuclear medicine procedures, and become fully conversant with the underlying principles of each method. Interpretation of each test is emphasized and the ability to generate meaningful reports on the findings stressed. During the third year the residents choose a research project and submit a proposal for its implementation during the third and fourth year of the training programme.

Fourth Year

The residents assume more responsibilities in the final year of the programme. They are expected to exercise independent judgement on the suitability of a nuclear medicine investigation for a given clinical problem. They should also be fully confident about the performance of the test as well as providing an accurate report. Submission of the research projects takes place before the final examination at the end of that year.

KIMS Nuclear Medicine Symposia

Short courses focusing on certain problems relevant to nuclear medicine practice are conducted to supplement teaching in the training programme.

LEVEL OF TRAINING

The level of training is such that the programme confers to the trainees the qualification of the Kuwait Board of Nuclear Medicine. This qualification enables its holder to be recognized as a Nuclear Medicine specialist in the State of Kuwait.

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION

At the end of the first year, the candidates will be evaluated by a written examination on basic and clinical principles in addition to periodic evaluation at the clinical sites and credit for presentation of case reports. During the other years regular evaluations are performed in the clinical rotations and on the submission of case reports. The research project will be evaluated by an Examination Committee.

Candidates who successfully complete all the requirements including submission of the research project are eligible to sit for the final KBNM examination in its two parts, the written and the oral.

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.

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