Postgraduate trainees update – Autumn 2016

In 2016, we had 6 postgraduate trainees:

  • Abeer Mahmoud – Pathology
  • Hisham Dweik – Paediatric Cardiology
  • Eyad Hamshari – Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Bashar Jaber – Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Alaa Al Sayed – Paediatric Cardiology
  • Naji Mousa – Gynaecological Oncology

The last 4 postgraduate trainees are through the Juzoor/Arab Fund Partnership.

Abeer continues to progress well in Jordan and is currently preparing for the FRCPath examination. Hisham returned to Glasgow briefly to finish his training at the beginning of the year and is now back in Palestine. Alaa obtained an NHS funded role, so his sponsorship is temporarily on hold but will be reinstated in due course to further his training. Naji arrived at the end of April and has settled in well. Bashar and Eyad have finished their sponsorship period. Eyad is briefly back in the UK preparing for the second part of his FRCSOrth examination before he returns to Palestine. Bashar will be staying for an extra year in a NHS funded role.




“I trained in the Orthopaedic Department of Al-Makassed Hospital and later practiced in Ramallah. Realising that we are deficient in many fields and sometimes find it necessary to transfer even simple cases to either Jordanian or Israeli hospitals. I decided to do my sub-speciality in one of those fields. This is why 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. I am back in the UK to sit the 2nd part of the FRCSOrth examination and will return home to Ramallah to continue my work.



I am a surgeon from Palestine. Through FQMS and Juzoor, I had the opportunity to do a 2-year fellowship in laparoscopic general surgery at Southampton University Hospital. This 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. I am confident that we 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. This includes Multi-Disciplinary Team discussions and decision-making. We will also encourage colleagues to accept morbidity and mortality meetings and concentrate on audit and research.

Read about the postgraduate training programme here