|Sultan Qaboos University-Medical student Group(SQU-MSG)|
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|Participating cities (LC's)||Muscat|
|Languages||Arabic and English|
|Currency||Rial Omani (OR) of 1,000 baizas = US$2.598 = 2.12 EUR€|
|How much is …???|| Big Mac Meal = 5.98 US$ or 4.90 €
Can of Pepsi = 0.65 US$ or 0.53 €
Bottle of water(small) = 0.26 US$ or 0.21 €
|Time zone||GMT + 4 hours|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 10000 people (2010 records)||18.1 doctors and 17.8 beds per 10000 people|
|Member of IFMSA since...||2009|
|Number of incoming students per year||15-20 students|
|Who is our NEO||Nasra Al-Busaidi|
|Our official website / Forum / Facebook group|| Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scope.oman
Official Website: http://www.scope-squ.net
أهلا و سهلا 'AHLAN WA SAHLAN :)
The Sultanate of Oman's achievement in the medical field, over a short period of time, have been appreciated by the people of Oman and well recognized and approved by the international community. We are inviting you to visit Oman and to witness these achievements which are still going on. In addition, to have the chance to practice medicine in our well qualified hospitals. Beside this purpose, we are also inviting you to visit the Sultanate to discover its archaeological treasures and landmarks, the legendary hospitality of its people and the comprehensive progress the country has made while still preserving its traditional values. The experience will not fail to exceed your expectations. Awesomeness guaranteed xD
Oman has seen rapid economic and social development in the past three decades. The capital city is Muscat. The Government of Oman estimated its population at 2,773,479 in 2010 census. Muscat includes six provinces called wilayats and about 734,697 people are living in it.
The History of Oman can be divided into different phases like the advent of Islam, the country's attainment of independence and the formation of the Omani Empire. It also includes the rise of the empire and the different rulers under whom Oman flourished. Oman covers an area of about 309,500 sq km (about 119,500 sq mi).It is largely a desert land, with five distinct geographical regions. Arabic is the official language of Oman. English and Asian languages such as Hindi, Urdu, and Baluchi are also widely spoken. Swahili is spoken by some, a legacy of Oman's former East African presence. Around 75% of the Omani population is Muslim with other religions being tolerated under the country's Basic Law. Omanis are regarded as gentle, peace-loving and warm people. They have impressed visitors for their charm, good manners and their command of the English language. Omani people take pride in extending their hospitality to strangers as much as it is to friends.
Perhaps no country in the world has achieved so much in so little time in terms of health care as Oman has in the last three decades. It is therefore no surprise that the World Health Organization (WHO), in a study covering 191 countries, which was published in 2000, ranked the Sultanate of Oman as the first in the world for its highly efficient healthcare system and for effective and competent utilization of the available financial resources in health services. Oman was also rated eighth for providing the most comprehensive health care at the world level. And what is more, all of these services are provided free of charge. Which means that you don't have to be covered by insurance companies so that they cover up your visit to hospital, you can receive all the treatment including medication entirely for free (there are some fees for your visit to the hospital which is about 200 bzs equivalents to 50 cents). This applies to all Omani and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nationals.
To know more about the health care system in Oman you can visit: http://www.moh.gov.om/en/
There are about 62 hospitals throughout the country, around which 50 are state-run and 12 are private hospitals. In our exchange program, students are going to be doing their clerkships at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH). Since the hospital is an integral part of the College of Medicine & Health Sciences at the Sultan Qaboos University, it is one of the best teaching hospitals in the country. In addition to being a teaching hospital, SQUH is considered a hub of many clinical researches.
There are only two medical colleges here in Oman, the College of Medicine & Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University along with Oman Medical College (OMC). However, OMC is not a participating college in the exchange program yet.
Curriculum of MD program:The MD program comprises of three phases which lead when completed successfully to the reward of an MD degree in a minimum of six years period.
1. Phase I: Phase Duration: 2 semesters after Intensive English. The major aim of Phase I is to provide the students with a number of complementing courses that are appropriately time-tabled to assess student ability to acquire essential and fundamental concepts that will appraise his/her ability to study medicine. It focuses on the study of normal human structure and function at the molecular, cellular and regional levels.
2.Phase II: Phase Duration: 4 semesters Phase II is the foundation of the MD program. Its first part incorporates advanced basic sciences knowledge in addition to a series of "Integrated Modules" to clearly appreciate the relevance of basic scientific knowledge to clinical medicine.
3. Phase III (Patient-Oriented Phase): Phase Duration: 3 years Phase III is the patient-oriented phase in which the students will receive their direct patient clinical training. It is dedicated to clinical teaching and supporting learning topics that are closely relevant to clinical practice with emphasis on “prevention “ as a more successful measure in ensuring better health to the individual and community and special emphasis on ethical attitudes.
The Omani culture, like many Arab countries, is Islam-oriented. However being an international market, people of various nationalities are also present. Omanis are extremely tolerant towards believers of other faiths, who are freely allowed to practice their religion and culture in churches and temples.
Free accommodation at the University’s Campus or outside is provided for 4-weeks only. If the student will be staying longer, they are responsible for their own accommodation. Board: breakfast and lunch will be in the hospital, dinner will be either in the hospital or in the accommodation (and it will be provided freely).
We are trying to make sure that you don’t miss that chance of having fun and enjoying your time while you are in the exchange program so we are providing you this fabulous social program .The social program will cover Muscat (the capital). It is famous for its beautiful green roads, blend of new modern and old buildings and its friendly people. It is also one of the safest capitals in the world. The program also covers three of the most wonderful regions in our country which are Al-Sharqiya, Al-Batinah and Al-Dakhiliya. Al-Sharqiya is 4 hours away from Muscat. It is famous for its wonderful deserts. Al-Batinah and Al-Dakhiliya Regions are 2 hours away from Muscat. They are famous for their traditional and cultural Omani environment.
Oman has seen rapid developments in the last 30 years, with highways, roads and airports making a dash for the future. Oman has some cool picturesque valleys and a 1700 kilometer long coastline which caresses the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.
Oman is connected internationally by the Muscat International Airport to major destinations in Europe and Asia, as well as the United States by regular direct or connecting flights. Almost all of the international flights land at this airport. The Salalah Airport is another important airport in Oman which connects with domestic and international destinations in the neighboring countries.
Locally, the road in Oman are excellent and well-connected to different parts of the country. Intercity buses connect major cities and provincial towns. Though for frequent travels during the day, buses are not recommended, as cars offer a better and a faster mode of transport. Taxis and car are the easiest mode of transport in Oman. They are easily available in Muscat, Salalah and other major cities of Oman. All the taxi drivers in Oman are essentially Omanis, and they are really nice and helping. An interesting fact is that it is illegal to drive in a dirty car in Oman; otherwise you may actually end up paying a small fine :)
The varied geography of Oman has resulted in a wide variety of climatic conditions. Although lying in the tropics, the Sultanate is subject to seasonal changes like the more temperate regions of the world. During the winter it is cool and pleasant, but summer on the coast is hot and humid. The interior remains hot and dry, except for the mountains where temperatures can drastically drop at night. The hottest months are June through August but on the southern coast of Dhofar the monsoons bring light but persistent rain, resulting in a cool and misty summer. Rainfall varies but in general remains sparse and irregular. In the south, most of the year's rainfall occurs during the summer monsoon months. In the north, the opposite occurs. Here most rain comes from occasional winter storms which descend out of the eastern Mediterranean during the months of January through March, depositing an annual average of 10 cm of rain on the capital area. Average temperature in Oman (Muscat) is 45°C during the day and 32°C during the night in summer but it drops to 25°C during day and 17°C during night in winter.
The very first thing that astonishes visitors of Oman is the people's extraordinary modesty, warmth and hospitality, which have earned Oman it's good reputation as a welcoming country in the region. You may clearly see the intimacy of social relations among Omani people in everyday life. The family is considered to be the core of Omani social life and activities. Women play a major role in managing and organizing the family and unlike many other conservative societies, there are families in Oman with women playing boss and their decisions are considered to be wise and prudent. Like many other Arab societies, Omanis are tribal people, but nowadays the tribe is considered no more than heritage and tradition. The Omani society is a unique society because of the many social practices and morals that are no more seen in many cultures and countries. Examples of these morals are; respect for old people, the will to help others and generosity towards anyone. You will be amazed to see how Omanis respect each other and foreigners as well. We are not restrictive people with complicated and gut-irking traditions but tolerant and open society. As you already know, Oman has been able to jump through time and invade the realm of modernity and globalization, yet unlike many other states, it has managed to keep its essence as an Arabian and Islamic state. It is likely to see Omani youth fascinated by western pop culture, tending to speak English and wearing latest fashion, but they somehow manage to retain the noble Omani morals that are derived from Islamic ethics.
What do Omanis wear?!
Omani people wear their traditional dress at occasions and formal places, but casual clothes are worn at any other time. The official Omani dress for men consists of a long (usually white) and loose cloth called Dishdasha" and a finely woven woolen Kashmir turban called "Musar". You may also see men wearing a finely designed silver dagger called Khanjar. Women traditional dresses differ from a region to another, but generally they are colorful and loose. Nowadays, young ladies and women tend to wear a black -often with colorful designs- garment called Abaya which is considered to be fashioned and stylish.
What do Omanis eat?!
Like most of Asian nations, Omani staple food consists of rise, beef, chicken, fish, vegetables and fruits. Foreign foods are widely popular and eaten in Oman. Pork meat is prohibited in Islam, but it is available in some stores for non-Muslims.
Do's and don'ts in Oman!
Omanis are Muslim and they strongly adhere to the teachings of Islam, so wearing immodest clothing in public is not encouraged.
Displays of affection between sexes in public places is a no-no.
Omanis feel strongly about their religion, so always wear modest clothes near/before entering mosques.
Arabs tend to touch each other and raise their voices more often when talking, this must not be considered rude!.
English is widely spoken in Oman and people like to practice their English as often as possible so don't think someone is being intrusive and nosy when he asks you about sensitive stuff like marital status, payment, name...etc. He/she is trying to be nice!.
It is really going to be amazing experience to live in the totally distinct and fascinating Oman.