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SICOT e-Newsletter

Issue No. 2 - November 2008

Training and Fellowships in Egypt

Dr Hatem Said, Young Surgeons Committee Chairman

The first stage of training is a three-year residency, which is done at University Hospitals across the country. This starts immediately after the house officer year. During it, the trainee gets a Masters exam and a Degree in Orthopaedics. In those three years the resident is exposed to a wide variety of orthopaedic and trauma procedures, and is competent in performing a big portion of them. After completing this stage, they are allowed to practice orthopaedics as specialists.

A smaller portion of the trainees advance to the second stage of training in the University, a five-year term, at the end of which they receive the MD degree after sitting an exit exam. Those trainees become part of the University staff and are given a permanent post. They are more experienced in Orthopaedics and Trauma, and they may go into a subspecialty in the final part of training. During the MD portion, they are involved in research projects, related to their subspecialty. They continue in their subspecialty and in turn train younger doctors. Some may progress through research to become Professors in our Universities.

The University Hospitals are thus the main source of training in Egypt, and carry the burden of treating a large number of patients. Anyone interested in visiting as part of an exchange programme should target one of the main University Hospitals: Cairo University, Ain Shams University, Alexandria University, Assiut University, AlAzhar University and others. International fellowships are not widespread in our Universities. However, some individual fellowships are available:

• The SICOT/Assiut University Fellowship offers biannually four African trainees six months to attend in any specialty.
• Assiut University also provides Microvascular and Arthroscopy Fellowships.
• Ain Shams University provides general and specialty Fellowships lasting three to six months.
• AlAzhar University provides an External Fixator Fellowship.

More information and contacts:

SICOT/Assiut Fellowship Prof Galal Said
Assiut Microvascular Fellowship Dr Amr El Sayed
Assiut Arthroscopy fellowship Dr Hatem Said
Ain Shams Fellowship Dr Khaled Emara
AlAzhar External Fixator Fellowship Dr Yasser Elbatrawy
General information and enquiries Dr Hatem Said
Dr Khaled Emara
Numerous courses and conferences are held during the year in all subspecialties. For further information visit the website of the Egyptian Orthopaedic Association (EOA):