KUWAIT: The Minister of Health Dr Khaled Al-Saeed said on Sunday that the beneficiaries of the training program of Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations (KIMS) amounted to over 800 doctors and trainees in various fields. In his speech at a ceremony to renew the institutional recognition of KIMS from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he added that KIMS’ training content included 25 training programs for doctors and an internship program for over 400 doctors currently registered. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of Kuwaiti doctor graduates in adapting to the unprecedented rapidly evolving needs of the health system and highlighted the role of doctors in combating the virus, he stated.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of KIMS Dr Fawaz Al-Refaee said in his speech that the renewal of institutional recognition from the Royal Canadian College of Canada reflected KIMS’ insistence on institutional excellence and ambition to keep pace with the latest global developments. This stems from the vision of the Board of Trustee and the family of the institute’s employees on the importance of recognition and renewal to enhance the institute’s performance, he added.
In turn, CEO of the Royal Canadian College Dr Susan Moffatt-Bruce commended in her speech the progress made and KIMS’ achievements, pointing out the successful partnership with the institute. Improving postgraduate medical education in Kuwait, the Gulf region and Canada, has a common goal, which is the constant quest to prepare specialized doctors to meet the ever-changing health care needs of patients.
At the end of the event, Refaee indicated in statements to reporters that there was communication with some countries to send doctors to them soon, including Sweden, Australia and Singapore. There are several agreements for completion soon, including an agreement with the UK Royal College of General Practitioners and a similar agreement with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, he explained. The partnership with Canada is close, dating back to the eighties, he added, pointing out that there has been an increase in the number of scholarships for Kuwaiti doctors to Canada. – KUNA