Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

RCSI and the Ministry of Health Bahrain finalise Health Service Training & Cooperation Agreement

19 July 2010

On 28th June 2010, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Ministry of Health finalised the Health Service Training & Cooperation Agreement in respect of the period April 2010 – March 2011.  This longstanding agreement between RCSI and the Ministry of Health is a collaboration which sees the delivery of Postgraduate Education and Training in Surgery and Family Practice.


Pictured from (l-r) are Dr. Terry McWade, Deputy Chief Executive, RCSI, Dr. Fawzi A. Amin, Assistant Undersecretary of Training & Planning, Ministry of Health and Dr. Adel Dairi, Director of Training, Ministry of Health

RCSI, through the Colles Institute (Surgical Training) and the Department of Surgery at RCSI Bahrain works closely with the Ministry of Health to deliver surgical skills education and training to residents on the Salmaniya Medical Complex, Surgical Training Residency Programme (STRP).


Pictured from (l-r) are Ms. Gráinne Donovan, Project Executive, RCSI, Dr. Terry McWade, Deputy Chief Executive, RCSI, Dr. Fawzi A. Amin, Assistant Undersecretary of Training & Planning, Ministry of Health and Dr. Adel Dairi, Director of Training, Ministry of Health

This year as well as participating in the Basic Surgical Skills Course, residents on the STRP will enrol in RCSI’s e-learning programmes SCHOOL for Surgeons and BeST Online. Courses are delivered jointly by faculty at RCSI and RCSI Bahrain including Mr. Brian Lane, Professor Sean Tierney and Professor Peter Gillen. The RCSI teams, led by Prof. W. A. Tanner and Prof. Niall O’Higgins liaise closely with the Ministry of Health’s Director of Training, Dr. Adel Dairi and the Chief of Medical Services at Salmaniya Medical Complex, Dr. Mohammad Al Awadhi to ensure smooth delivery of services under the agreement. 


Picture is Professor David Whitford, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, RCSI Bahrain, conducting class to Residents on the FPRP.

The Family Practice Residency Program (FPRP) has been affiliated with RCSI since 1996. Each year, RCSI conducts modular teaching activities in 10 full week block courses to residents in years 2 – 4 of the programme. The courses, selected from sub-specialties needed for family medicine training, are agreed between the FPRP and the course coordinator, Prof David Whitford at RCSI Bahrain. Modules are delivered jointly by faculty from RCSI Bahrain, RCSI Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland.

The exam review, supervision and external examiner responsibilities are also arranged by RCSI. A “Joint Board Certificate” is issued by RCSI and the Ministry of Health at the end of training.