Because of the desperate economic conditions on the West Bank and in Gaza it is essential that we recruit as much support for the Medical Schools from outside the Occupied Territories as is possible.


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The Al-Quds Foundation for Medical Schools in Palestine - usually called by the initials FQMS - was formed in 1997 as a UK registered charity to support medical education in Palestine. At the time of formation, there was only one medical school; namely the Faculty of Medicine at the Abu Dies campus of Al-Quds University. The first Dean of the Faculty was Dr Nael Shihabi. Undergraduates came from all over the West Bank and from Gaza to study. From an early date some students received the first two years of instruction in Gaza at Azhar University and in Nablus at An Najah University and from that developed separate medical schools, and later joined by the school of medicine at the Islamic University of Gaza.

The four schools of medicine are now in the following universities:
1- Al Quds (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dr Hani Abdeen)
2- Al Azhar University (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dr Suhail Madbak)
3- An Najah University (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr Imad Dwiekat)
4- Islamic University (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr Fadel Naim)

Working within an overall budget frame of allocation policies, FQMS endeavours to help students and faculty at all of these four schools, responding to their different needs and to initiatives and proposals from the schools themselves. Of particular urgency is the policy of upgrading clinical skills and teaching quality by training selected candidates in certain specialist fields where local practice and provision is deficient, such as Neurology, Neurosurgery and Nephrology. FQMS supports a number of visits by teachers and examiners from other countries, always seeking to raise standards and sharing medical advance and in international cooperation. 


The main aim of FQMS is "the advancement of education of the public in the field of medicine".

The Foundation supports: 

1- Bursaries for post-graduate training and sub-speciality training in the UK.

2- Short attachments & training for faculty staff members.
3- Visits by international teachers and examiners to the schools.
4- Providing teaching materials and equipment to the schools.
6- Short-term hospital-based training in Britain and other countries for 5th year students - 'clinical electives'.
7- Bursaries for students with particular needs.
8- Providing funds for student representation at international conferences & local health campaigns.
9- Encouraging cooperation between the different medical schools.
10- Standardising and unifying the educational standards among the different medical schools.