Postgraduate Medical Education
FMIC’s Post-Graduate Medical Education Program (PGME) is a flagship program aimed at developing local capacities in much needed specialties and subspecialties, to make a contribution towards improved healthcare system in Afghanistan. FMIC-PGME draws its strength from the accreditation by Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Afghanistan and affiliation with the Aga Khan University (AKU) Medical College- a leading medical education provider in the region. Resultantly its graduates extend AKU’s influence, taking with them an ability to lead positive change in healthcare while embracing FMIC’s commitment to keeping patient values and goals at the heart of care. The PGME Programme at FMIC sets the standard in training compassionate physicians who possess outstanding clinical skills, a deep understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease, proficiency in delivering patient-centred care within Afghanistan, and the ability to improve the systems in which they work and by their commitment to the needs of individuals and communities they serve. While maintaining this high standard of medical education, clinical experience and academic exposure beyond borders; FMIC-PGME program attracts the best talent from across Afghanistan as residents.
Initiated in 2012 with two specialties i.e. pediatrict surgery and pediatrict medicine; the PGME programme has now graduated 45 physician specialists and 40 are currently enrolled in three to five-year programmes in eight disciplines. Some of these programmes – such as anaesthesiology, cardiac surgery, cardiology, pathology and radiology – are not offered anywhere else in Afghanistan.
As a member of our small, focused classes our residents receive world-class training, individualized faculty support and access to modern facilities, including our excellent medical library and skills lab.
FMIC also offers unique professional development opportunities, including training by eminent scholars and the chance to participate in a 3-6 month rotation at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
FMIC offers 3-5-year PGME residencies in the following disciplines:
Paediatric Surgery (five years)
To be considered for admission, all candidates must meet the following criteria:
For speciality programs:
Candidates must have MD Diploma or an equivalent degree from an institution recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education.
For Sub-Specialty programs
Candidates with Specialization in General Medicine and Surgery disciplines are eligible to apply
FMIC’s PGME programmes are open to all academically qualified Afghan candidates of both genders, regardless of religion, race, creed or domicile. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Prospective learners who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to complete a written multiple-choice test. The aim is to test the basic concepts of applicants regarding Medical Science topics for the Medical colleges graduates (applicants for specialty programs) and General Medicine topics 0f Cardiology and Surgery related topics (for sub-specialty) applicants.
Candidates who achieve a competitive score on the entrance test will be short-listed and invited for an interview. Interviews will be conducted by a panel of representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, Aga Khan University, and FMIC. This panel will select and notify successful candidates.
Selected residents will be on board for specific period according to the length of the residency program with appointments renewable subject to satisfactory monthly and annual assessments by faculty. Residents will receive a reasonable stipend during their training period, besides training related expenses.
All FMIC residents are required to follow FMIC PGME Resident Policies, which are in line with Afghanistan’s labour laws and Ministry of Public Health regulations.
Dr Khalil Shefa (Manager PGME Programme)
Phone: +93 75 202 7100