The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the launch of the Qatar Medical Specialties Certificate (Qatari Board).
The new certification programme is an important step in improving the efficiency of practising medical professionals in Qatar and its establishment represents the culmination of a major joint effort from the country’s health sector.
The certification will help improve the quality of medical services in Qatar by setting standards to ensure that physicians who earn the credential demonstrate exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice.
Dr Saad al-Kaabi, director of the Healthcare Professions Department, MoPH, confirmed that registration for the Qatari Board is scheduled to open in July. He said details about the Qatari Board and its organisational structure and registration mechanism will be announced in the coming weeks.
Dr al-Kaabi added that the MoPH will work to attract international partners from around the globe as well as collaborate with regional medical councils to ensure the Qatari Board meets the highest international standards. He said Qatar-based academic and clinical institutions would also play an important part in administrating the Board’s certification.
Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, director of the Department of Medical Education at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), said the specialised medical training programmes offered in Qatar rank among the world’s best.
"Most of HMC’s residency programmes and some of its fellowship programmes have received international accreditation from the American Council for Accreditation of Medical Specialties and accreditation by the Arab Board," he explained.
Dr al-Khal pointed out that Qatar’s medical sector is comprised of a large number of distinguished Qatari and expatriate doctors and professors who are experienced and competent in developing medical education curriculum, administering examinations, and evaluating the skills and knowledge of doctors.
"Many of these professionals will play a role in ensuring the success of Qatari Board by providing a comprehensive, independent evaluation of physicians’ specialist experience, knowledge, and skills," Dr al-Khal added.