HMC Celebrates Success of First Internationally Accredited Pediatric Dentistry Fellowship Specialty Program in Qatar

Doha, Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad Dental Center recently celebrated the achievement of a significant milestone that saw a group of young clinical associates – all young Qatari dentists – successfully completing the requirement to be enrolled in the Post Graduate Dental Education fellowship specialty program developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
The program, the first of its kind in Qatar, saw the 21 Qatari dentists take the Membership of the College (MFD Part 1 and 2) as an entrance exam in October 2016.
“The agreement between HMC and RCSI represents the first time RCSI has affiliated with any healthcare organization in the Middle East to provide an internationally accredited dentistry fellowship program of the highest caliber, with the aim of offering specialized dentistry training for Qataris interested in furthering their education and advancing their dental qualifications to internationally recognized standards,” said Prof. Johann De Vries, Dental Director and CEO of Hamad Dental Center, and Chairman of the Hamad Dental Service.
RCSI’s internationally accredited Pediatric Dentistry Fellowship Program presents Qatari clinicians with the opportunity to pursue a selective graduate education locally, without the requirement of travelling abroad. More importantly, clinicians will have earned accreditation from a globally respected institution.
“Parts 1 and 2 of the Membership of the College examination were recently administered in Qatar for the very first time in October 2016. The pass rate of our doctors (clinical associates) for the stringent exams was extremely high and exceeded the average pass rate of their counterparts in the region,” added Dr. Jamal Al Abdullah, Senior Consultant, Divisional Chief and Unit Head of Pedodontics, Hamad Dental Service.
“This specialized training offers Qatari dentists an amazing opportunity to expand their expertise and develop their professional careers. I am personally thrilled that this program has a special emphasis on promoting a holistic approach towards pediatric dental health. This is an area that is extremely important for our population in Qatar, where the oral health needs of our children need particular attention,” Dr. Al Abdullah added.

Source: Qatar News Agency