Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in cooperation with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), recently organised two intensive workshops to prepare HMC dentists successfully complete the requirements for the College’s Faculty of Dentistry (MFD) membership examination. The preparatory workshops were held under the supervision of Dr Ghanim Al Mannai, Chairman of Hamad Dental Center.

The two workshops, which were held at HMC for the fourth time, are part of an agreement between HMC and RCSI developed to offer specialised dentistry training to Qataris interested in advancing their education and their paediatric dental qualifications. The training programme is the first of its kind in the Middle East.

Dr Khalifa Al Ansari, Senior Consultant and Vice Chairman of the Hamad Dental Center said the five-day intensive training programme was attended by 65 dentists from both the public and private sector.

The programme is designed to help these clinicians refine their knowledge in all aspects of the dentistry profession. It aims to prepare members of our clinical teams to pass the admittance test for membership into the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFD examination), the next intake for which is scheduled for October 2019. As part of the training, a group of professors from RCSI presented on a range of scientific subjects related to dental surgery. At the end of the workshop, participants were able to obtain 19.25 CPD points.’

Dentists who were enrolled in the programme in recent years achieved a high level of success in their MFD examinations. Some have already joined the specialised Pediatric Dentistry Fellowship Program offered in cooperation with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Dr Al Ansari added that the internationally-accredited RCSI MFD post-graduate dental education programme allows Qatari dentists to receive specialised training in their own country without the need to travel abroad. This also allows them to obtain accreditation from a well-known international institution.

Dr Jamal Al Abdullah, Senior Consultant, Chief of Pedodontics, and Head of the Paediatric Dentistry Residency Programs at HMC, said the training included specialised workshops and has enabled eight residents to prepare for the Irish Fellowship Diploma (FFD) examination, which will take place in April 2020. Each year, four Qatari dentists are accepted into the programme and there are plans to extend enrollment for this programme to the children of residents as well as international students.

He said that they have agreed to partner with WCM-Q and Sidra Medicine to support post-graduate dentistry students as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen resources and allow these professionals to pass the RCSI examinations.

The internationally accredited Postgraduate Dental Education Program offered by HMC in collaboration with RCSI is in line with Qatar’s National Oral Health Strategy.

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