Three Qatari dentists have for the first time in the country, completed via video conference the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Fellowship Examination, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) announced Friday.
The specialist paediatric Dentistry Fellowship (FFD) is offered through the RCSI. The final exam was held through video conference, due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Ghanem al-Mannai, chairman of Dental Service at HMC, said HMC and RCSI have collaborated for several years on the specialised fellowship programme, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East.
The programme allows Qatari dentists to further their education and advance their paediatric dental qualifications.
Dr al-Mannai congratulated the doctors on receiving the fellowship and thanked Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, deputy chief medical officer and director of the Department of Medical Education for the ongoing support of his Department.
Dr Khalifa Ali al-Ansari, senior consultant and vice chairman of Education, Hamad Dental Center, said the MFD Postgraduate Dental Education Programme allows Qatar-based dentists to receive specialised training in Qatar, permitting them to obtain accreditation from a well-known international institution without the need to travel abroad.
“The Hamad Dental Center, in partnership with RCSI, is proud to provide this opportunity to Qatar-based dentists. Each year we organise an intensive training course to help prepare dentists from the public and private sectors to pass the admittance tests for membership into the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFD and FFD examinations). These intensive programmes spans three years and the dentists who have enrolled in the preparatory workshops we provide have achieved a high level of success,” said Dr al- Ansari.
Dr Jamal al-Abdullah, chief of Pedodontics and head of the Paediatric Dentistry Residency Programme at HMC, said to date 11 Qatari dentists have completed the Irish Fellowship Diploma examination. He said each year a number of Qatari dentists are accepted into the programme and in the coming years there are plans to extend enrollment to children of long-term residents and international students.
“We have agreed to partner with Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar and Sidra Medicine to encourage post-graduate dentistry students to continue their studies as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen our resources in this field and to support these professionals in passing the RCSI examinations,” said Dr al-Abdullah.