Scholarship Program – Sub-specialty Training for Palestinian Doctors and Nurses
Juzoor, funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development through Taawon and the Palestine International Institute (PII) is facilitating the medical specialty and sub-specialty and Nursing Training for Palestinian Doctors and Nurses in various countries. These countries include the UK, Lebanon, Jordan and Canada through joint partnerships with the Foundation for Al Quds University Medical School (FQMS), and the American University of Beirut (AUB). The program offers opportunities for training in vital areas where there is a shortage in specialists in aiming to support the development of human resources in the health sector and ensure the availability of trained, qualified medical specialists in Palestinian health institutions.
Training in the UK is in partnership with Al-Quds Foundation for Medical Schools in Palestine (FQMS) and follows the framework of the Royal Colleges Medical Training Initiative (MTI) for international medical graduates.
The MTI scheme allows for training in the UK in many (but not all) sub-specialties for a maximum period of 2 years, whereby the Colleges provide a certificate of sponsorships for approved candidates. Training in Lebanon follows the framework of the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the training in Jordan is supported by PII following the requirements of Jordanian medical institutions.
Scholarships granted in 2020:
UK Scholarships: Two (2) physicians were supported to obtain sub-specialty training in Urology, and Orthopedic Surgery - Elbow and shoulder at UK hospitals including Addenbrooke’s Hospital and UCLH. One (1) doctor is still currently abroad finishing his sub-specialty training in Endocrinology or Infectious disease at King’s College London, and One (1) doctors have been granted a scholarship and is pending the Visa.
The scholarship program supports participants by covering fees, travel cost, including entry visas, accommodation fees, and a monthly stipend.
Areas of sub-specialties identified thus far as needed in Palestine include, but are not limited to: Adult Oncology, Pediatric Hematology, Nephrology (pediatric and adult), Interventional Radiology, and Intensive care, both pediatric and adult
Canada Scholarships: Two (2) physicians are still currently abroad finishing his sub-specialty training in Pediatric nephrology, and invasive thoracic surgery at Canada hospitals, and two (2) doctors have been granted a scholarship and is pending the Visa.
Jordan Scholarships: One (1) doctor was supported to obtain long-term (1-4 years) specialty training at Jordan hospitals. Two doctors are currently finishing their Sub-specialty training in Jordan hospitals.
Nazareth English Hospital: Four (4) doctors are currently finishing their specialty training at the Nazareth English Hospital in Nazareth in diagnostic radiology, and general surgery.
Makassed Scholarships: Four (4) doctors are currently finishing sub-specialty training in Hepatobiliary and liver transplant Surgery, Cardiology, Rheumatology, and Neonatal Intensive care at Makassed Hospital.
Lebanon Scholarships: Supported one (1) physician to obtain a five-year scholarship to the American University of Beirut (AUB) to specialize in diagnostic radiology.