Our vision is for a future where Palestinian healthcare is self-sufficient, without the need for Palestinian doctors to train abroad or for patients to be referred for treatment away from home.
Through our partnership with the medical schools, as well as local and international charities, our programmes aim to improve the quality and range of teaching on offer at the Palestinian medical schools.
FQMS selects, funds and places specialist trainees in conjunction with local healthcare providers utilising the MTI Scheme and the ISTP, allowing doctors to upgrade their clinical expertise, so that they can improve the teaching and health care available in their field.
The lack of a university hospital at Al-Quds University means that medical students are spread across a wide area during their clinical placements. Medical students in their clinical years have to be distributed among many hospitals in Jerusalem and cities of West Bank, from Jenin in north to Hebron in south.
Like medical schools throughout the world, every year senior medical students at all four Palestinian universities have the opportunity to do elective placements at hospitals across the globe.
The Islamic University of Gaza have a new campus outside of Gaza City, meaning that it costs students on average $10 per day to travel back and forth. We have part funded a service provided by a local bus company ($6,000 is our 50% contribution). This provides a service for 40 students per trip.
FQMS supports visiting lecturers and examiners, who give talks on specialist subjects and provide bedside teaching, as well as examining skills, such as suturing and intubation through OSCE stations.
The bursaries are intended for talented students from all four medical schools, with higher than average scores and broad ability, who are also in extreme financial need.
Over the past few years, we have raised money to update essential equipment available at the university so that the teaching can remain at a high standard.