The general objective of obstetrics and gynecology training program in Kuwait is to enrol the doctors presently in this field and new medical graduates in Kuwait in a training program whereby by the completion of this program, including success in the final examinations, the residents will qualify to be recognized as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology.

ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER THE TRAINING PROGRAM

The following candidates are eligible to enter the obstetrics & gynecology specialty training program :-

  • Graduates of the University of Kuwait who have successfully completed their 1 year pre-registration professional internship training.
  • Graduates of other Universities fulfilling the above requirement stated in 1.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates must apply to the Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology program and will be selected for the specialty training program by a selection committee and on the basis of the number of training posts available (maximum 5 per year) as well as other criteria :-

Qualification

  • Above-average academic record.
  • A proven interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Two reference letters from an academic specialist at least one of who is in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Passing the entrance examination is mandatory to enter the Residency training program.

TRAINING CURRICULUM

In order to achieve the program objectives the training period will last to 5 calendar years. At its completion, the trainee is expected to be a competent specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Training in the specialty must reflect the breadth of contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology, including an understanding of the principles of Medicine, Surgery, Human Behaviors, Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics as they apply to Reproductive Medicine. The trainee must acquire competence for independent consultant practice in the specialty. The 5 Post graduate years (PGY) are pided as follows:

PGY 1 - Basic Obstetrics and Gynecology

PGY 2 - Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology

PGY 3 & PGY 4 -

  • maternal fetal medicine
  • Obstetrical and Gynecological ultra sound
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • service electives
  • research
  • I.C.U and anesthesia

PGY 5 - Chief Resident Position

At the beginning of the training program each resident trainee will receive information on the objectives of the training program, the method of training and the procedures adopted in supervision and evaluation. During the period of training each resident will be assigned to a teaching staff supervisor who will provide guidance and support in all issues regarding this program.

Part I Examination

Candidates should have satisfactorily completed 2 years of training before appearing for the Part I examination. The examination will be on Obstetrics and Gynecology, with special emphasis on applied basic science. The candidate will be allowed three attempts to appear for the examination at the end of 2nd year, and two more at six month intervals. Failure to satisfy the examiners at three attempts will automatically disqualify the candidate from continuing the program.

Part II Examination

This will take place at the end of 5 years of satisfactory training. The candidate must have passed the first partto be allowed to appear in second part of the examination. The examination will cover all issues (basic and advanced) related to the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The candidates would be assessed by an external examiner during the clinical examination.

CERTIFICATION

Residents who have satisfactorily completed the rotation program, and have passed the final examination will be awarded a certificate by the Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS) stating that they are recognized as specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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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