Over the years, FQMS have selected, funded and placed a number of specialist trainees either independently or in partnership with Juzoor with funding from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development utilising the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Scheme and the International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP). MTI and ISTP are national schemes, established in 2009 by the UK Department of Health to improve the training of a small number of doctors from overseas. These trainees work within the NHS and gain access to experience that they cannot gain in their own countries. This is usually a two-year programme, but can be as short as 6 months. This scheme allows doctors to upgrade their clinical expertise with a view to improving the health care available for their field, as well as improving the quality, teaching and range of subjects on offer in the Palestinian medical schools and local residency programmes. This is especially important as an estimated quarter of the health ministry’s budget was spent on referrals to neighbouring countries.
Through this programme FQMS has sponsored the postgraduate sub-specialisation of nine trainees to date, five independently and four with Juzoor and the Arab Fund (Phase I of the joint programme). Four more are to be supported in Phase II. Of the original five, four returned to work in Palestine and one extended her training in the UK and this is on going. Of those in Phase I, one has returned to Palestine, one will be consolidating his training with one further year before returning and two are in the middle of their training. The doctors are provided with a stipend and accommodation allowance for the duration of their stay, plus visas, a return flight home, GMC registration and an allowance for training courses and exams.
We provide assistance in English language learning for trainees from Gaza, who do not yet have:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall score of 7.5 with 7 as a minimum in each category
- Medicine OET (Occupational English Test) with a minimum of a grade B in each part of the same test
Being sponsored through this programme is not the only way that that trainees can benefit from this programme. Individual can apply directly through the MTI Scheme and the ISTP for NHS funded specialty-training posts.
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“FQMS has helped me take my profession, an internal medicine physician, to the next level. The two-year postgraduate Nephrology training sponsored by FQMS at Kent and Canterbury Hospital was a very intense, organised educational programme, which allowed me to gain a wide range of experience in a short period of time. I was able to develop confidence and experience that would otherwise have taken years to attain. I have mastered performing dialysis line insertion and kidney biopsies. Unfortunately, sub-speciality training is unavailable in Palestine, but thanks to FQMS, physicians have the opportunity to do their training in the UK, which in turn will improve the overall quality of healthcare in Palestine.”
“I applied for a scholarship from the programme run by Juzoor and FQMS. They arranged a fellowship at King’s College Hospital, London where I focused on knee and shoulder surgery between March 2014 and March 2016. I was also involved in complicated trauma cases. During that period I passed part one FRCSOrth. In March, I finished my training and went back home. I started working in Ramallah again, where there have been many shoulder and knee cases for me to treat as we don’t have any shoulder or knee surgeons in the West Bank or Gaza. I have been involved in complicated trauma cases. We have managed to reduce the transfers to hospitals outside of the West Bank and we can now treat most of our cases.”
– Eyad (Phase I Juzoor/FQMS Partnership)
“Through FQMS and Juzoor, I had the opportunity to do a 2-year fellowship in laparoscopic general surgery at Southampton University Hospital. This fellowship provided me with excellent exposure to complex minimally invasive gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, particularly laparoscopic colorectal surgery and endoscopy. Moreover, I have developed my knowledge of the holistic management of various complex pathologies. I believe both my patients and colleagues in Palestine will benefit from my experience in the UK, as I will implement new minimally invasive techniques in the management of GI pathologies including cancer and I will encourage my colleagues to adopt the culture and standards of UK medical practice, including Multi-Disciplinary Team discussions and decision-making.”
– Bashar (Phase I Juzoor/FQMS Partnership)
“After I finished my obstetrics and gynaecology training in Palestine. I wanted to have more training in gynaecological oncology surgery. Unfortunately, in West Bank, though the training programme started about a decade ago, we still have a long way to go, such as having a referral hospital where trainees can be introduced to all kind of cases. I had this opportunity here in the UK. I believe if FQMS can continue this scheme for a several years, we will end up with a full team of doctors in every speciality, who will be able to teach what they have learnt to the next generation of Palestinian doctors when they go back home.”
– Naji (Phase I Juzoor/FQMS Partnership)
“This training experience has had a great effect on my knowledge and practice, it has given me the chance to see advanced procedures and update my skills in my field. It has shown me the great effect teamwork can have on the treatment process. I am now hoping to transfer this to Palestine, so that we can improve the knowledge available to care and treat the sick children to the best of our ability.”
– Alaa (Phase I Juzoor/FQMS Partnership)