On the evening of 6 October, 2019 Graduates of our International Clinical Fellowship Programmes from five countries attended a special graduation ceremony in Oman.
This was the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s first official graduation ceremony for our international training programmes to take place outside of Dublin. This ceremony was to honour the achievement of 37 graduates of the International Clinical Fellowship Programme across 18 specialties. RCPI President Professor Mary Horgan was in attendance to welcome doctors and their families from Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Oman and UAE.
It gives me great pleasure to be here in Muscat this evening. This evening is about celebrating the achievements of the doctors who have graduated from our Clinical Fellowship Programmes
President Mary Horgan
At the event Prof Horgan said, “It gives me great pleasure to be here in Muscat this evening at this graduation. This evening is about celebrating the achievements of the doctors who have graduated from our Clinical Fellowship Programmes. You demonstrated excellence in your specialty while you were training in Ireland, and we are formally recognising this.”
She added, “By travelling to Ireland, so far from your home countries, and training in our hospitals with our consultants to become a better doctor, you have demonstrated a commitment to your profession and the health services and patients of you home countries.”
The President was joined by RCPI CEO DR Terry McWade and a number of eminent guests on the evening, notably H.E Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health of the Sultanate of Oman and H.E. Ambassador Gerard McCoy.
Equally eminent guests in attendance included HE Dr. Ali bin Saud Al Baimani, Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University, HE Dr. Ali bin Taleb Al Hinai, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Planning Affairs, HE Dr. Darwish bin Saif Al Maharbi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Administrative and Financial Affairs, HE Dr. Sultan bin Yarub Al Busaidi, Advisor to the Ministry of Health Affairs, HE Dr. Mohammed bin Siaf Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Health Affairs, Dr. Kadhem bin Jafar Al Lawati, General Director of the General Directorate of Specialized Medical Care at the Ministry of Health and Dr. Siaf bin Abdullah Al Yarubi Director of PR and International Cooperation, OMSB.
Our International Clinical Fellowship Programme (ICFP) offers clinical training to doctors from outside Ireland who are sponsored by their government, hospital or national training body.
The ICFP is completed under the guidance of leading consultant trainers in accredited hospitals across Ireland. There is an emphasis on acquiring expertise in techniques and subspecialties for which there is limited, or no, training in their home country.
The ICFP programmes were developed in 2013/14 by the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies in partnership with the HSE National Doctors Training and Planning
The Programme is designed to give doctors from overseas countries the opportunity to access training which they could not access in their home country and to return on completion of training to support the delivery and development of healthcare.