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Re-announcement: Postgraduate Medical Education residency programme intake 2021 for Cardiovascular Surgery (Sub-Specialty Discipline) at French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC)

French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) is a non-governmental tertiary hospital established in 2006 as the product of a unique four-way partnership between the Governments of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GOIRA) and France (GoF), and two private, international development organizations – La Chaine de l’Espoir (CDE) and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).  FMIC started its operations in a volatile situation when security condition was deteriorating and accessing a modest tertiary healthcare facility was a tall order for the Afghans. There was a serious lack of human resources in various specialities hence the Afghans highly depended upon medical tourism abroad. In such circumstances, the presence of FMIC was no less than a miracle. For the last 14 years, FMIC has been catering to the healthcare needs of Afghanistan with a vibrant vision, “to be a leading institute of excellence and innovation in healthcare, research and education, providing exemplary, safe, comprehensive, accessible and sustainable services to Afghanistan and surrounding regions, while positively impacting the lives of patients and all others Whom it serves.”

Despite many challenges, FMIC has achieved remarkable success over the past 14 years. In 2009, it became the first hospital in Afghanistan to be ISO certified whereas the first open-heart surgery was performed by indigenous doctors at FMIC in 2010. Since 2011 it has annually sponsored an international scientific conference as well as a quality and patient safety convention, both of which showcase Afghan health professionals’ high capacity for critical thinking. The Post Graduate Medical Education Program (PGME) is a flagship program of FMIC established in 2012, with the support of the Aga Khan University (AKU), Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and financial support of the Government of Canada. FMIC has so far served over 1.5 million patients from all parts of Afghanistan through its in-patient and out-patient services to children, mothers and adults. FMIC’s Patient Welfare Programme underwrites the cost of care for people who cannot afford to pay for all or part of their treatment. Access to remotest areas for teleconsultation and training of human resources has been ensured through the eHealth program since 2007. While responding to the Covid-19 pandemic; FMIC also offers PCR based Covid-19 testing and treatment facility beside its routine services.

In future, FMIC plans to grow from a 169-bed facility to a 550-bed teaching hospital that offers a full complement of tertiary specialized services, trains new healthcare providers and supports a substantial research programme. The Expanded Medical Complex, currently under design, will begin to offer services in the near future. The new facilities will provide space for research activities, additional Postgraduate Medical Education programmes and enhanced diagnostic facilities and medical services, including in adult general surgery, gastroenterology, internal medicine, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics and renal diseases.

FMIC is pleased to re-announce the induction of residents for 2021. Applications are invited from Afghan physicians for the Cardiovascular Surgery (Sub-Specialty) residency programmes:

The PGME programme offers an excellent training environment with close faculty supervision. To complement the training, residents will have access to Continuing Medical Education Seminars, guest lectures by eminent scholars, health sciences library, skills lab and good audio visual and IT facilities. Besides rotation to teaching hospitals in Kabul, residents will have rotations to AKU Hospital in Karachi. They will also benefit from other related training being offered by AKU.

Requirements

The training programme for Cardiovascular Surgery is open to all academically qualified Afghan physicians of either gender, regardless of religion, race, creed, color or domicile. FMIC is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. 

The potential candidate must have:

1. Certificate of speciality in general surgery, pediatric surgery or thoracic surgery recognized by MoPH 

2. MD Diploma or equivalent degree from MoPH recognized institution

3. Transcript of Medical University

4. Must have passed the Medical Council or Exit Exam 

Entrance Test

The Entrance Test brings uniformity to the system and is useful for short-listing appropriate candidates. The aim of the Entrance Test is to test the medical knowledge of candidates at the graduate level and English knowledge. The Entrance Test will be in the English language, comprising of Multiple Choice Questions in general surgery (Baily & Love). The date for the Entrance Test will be announced later

Interview

The shortlisted candidates in the Entrance Test will be invited to appear in the interview. The aim is to assess attributes of the candidate other than medical knowledge, that is, professionalism, ethics, analytic skills, interpersonal and communication skills. 

References

Reference for the examination is the surgery book (Baily & love) MCQs (multiple choice questions) will be used in the written test. ​

Terms and stipend

The appointment of selected residents will be for one year, which is renewable on annual basis subject to satisfactory performance during the preceding year. All selected candidates are required to follow FMIC Residency Policies which are in line with the labour laws of Afghanistan and also as per the rules and regulations of MoPH and AKU. Residents will receive a reasonable stipend during their training period. No other allowances will be paid; however, all training-related expenses will be borne by FMIC.​

Submission guideline

All applicant should submit the following documents by email (to the email address provided below):

Certificate of speciality in general surgery, pediatric surgery or thoracic surgery 

Certificate of passing Exit Exam of Medical Council

Copy of MD degree

Copy of Medical University Transcript

Copy of Passport or Tazkira (NID)

Updated CV

Soft copy of photo 3x4

Application form (please download the application form from the below link)

For more information, please contact us at the following email address and phone number

Contact number: 079-107-7107

Email address: pgme@fmic.org.af ​ 

The last date for submission of the Application is May 04, 2021 ( 1400, ثور 14 ) 

All the candidate should submit their documents to the mentioned email. The hard copy of the documents will not be accepted. 

Only those candidates will be called for FMIC Entrance Test which successfully submits their complete application forms with required documents to FMIC on time by email.​

Contact: Dr. Qudratullah Ibrahimi  

PGME Technical Officer 

French Medical Institute for Children

Contact number: 079-107-7107

Email address: pgme@fmic.org.af 

FMIC Cardiovascular Surgery PGME Enrollment Announcement 2021-Dari​​​​​

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