In the late 1980s, the Palestinian medical community realised that the future provision of medical services in the Occupied Territories required there to be a medical school, which could train undergraduates and help provide a continuing medical education (CME) programme for qualified doctors.
At that time, Palestinians received their medical education in the Arab world and Eastern European countries. However, these were reducing in number and not always possible financially.
From a symbolic national point of view and the central location of Jerusalem, It was agreed that Al-Quds University should be the academic Institution to house the medical faculty. In September 1994, the school opened with an intake of 36 students.
Two branches of the medical school were formed in An-Najah (Nablus) and Al-Azhar (Gaza) University where students studied for the first pre-medical phase in each site, transferring to the main campus of Al-Quds Abu-Dies, to finish the remaining two phases.
This continued until 1999 when An-Najah opted to become a separate medical school. This decision was formally recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education in 2006. Now there are four independent medical schools
FQMS supported 7 PhD students in the various branches of Medical Sciences, who went on to form the backbone of the medical schools teaching a new generation what they learnt. In recent years, FQMS has moved their focus towards widening the range of speciality by sponsoring postgraduate sub-specialism training in the UK.