100 Comments on Qatar



Qatar medical residencyQatar is worlds richest country with  population of 2.25 million (2015 est.) bordered with Saudi Arabia and Arabian Gulf. It is one of the most conservative society after Saudi Arabia. But the country is well developed due to its rich oil and gas reserves. Arabic is official language while Doha is capital city of Qatar.

Qatar medical and Health care system is advanced and country has one of the lowest infant mortality rates and one of the highest life expectancy in the world. Most of the specialized hospitals in Qatar are governed by Hamad medical Corporation and has one of the world class medical care system. 

Qatar Health Profile

Life expectancy and other health statistics of Qatar 

Undergraduate Medical Education

Undergraduate Qatar medical education starts after 12 years of schooling.

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar offers a 6 year MD program in pre-medical (2 year) and medical education (4 year). There is separate admission criteria in both premedical and medical courses.

Qatar Medical Residency

Qatar medical Residency training is offered by Hamad Medical Corporation. One of the most advanced ACGME-I accredited residency programs. Foreign medical graduates can enter into these residency programs. See below eligibilty criteria, procedure and documentation section for complete list of documents required for entry into the program.

Apart from Qatar medical Residency programs. Hamad Medical Corporation also offers Internship programs to fresh medical graduates who have not started their internship yet. Detailed information about eligibility criteria, requirements etc of Internship program can be found here


Qatar Council for Health care Professionals is responsible for Qatar medical licensing of foreign doctors and specialists in the country.

Apart from Qatar medical graduates, Foreign medical graduates can work as General practitioners or Specialists in Qatar provided they fulfill eligibility criteria and pass licensing examination (unless exempted from it).

More information about Licensing and examination can be found here

Detailed guidelines for license and registration process for GP and specialists.

Guidelines for Dentists

Exemption criteria is also mentioned in the guidelines. 


1. For Qatar medical residency

  1. 12 months straight or rotating internship (priority will be given to those who completed within last 3 years)
  2. Passed USMLE step 2 CK exam or IFOM-CSE exam
  3. TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) score

2. For License/registration

  1. Basic medical qualification
  2. Internship certificates
  3. 5 year experience certificate (post graduation)
  4. Medical licence/registration from health authority of home country or country of latest work.


1. For Qatar medical residency

If you meet eligibility criteria for Qatar medical residency program mentioned above in Eligibility section. You must apply for residency position in one of the Hamad Medical Corporation hospital with complete application form and attached documents mentioned in documentation section. Usually deadline of residency application is till 30th October annually and short listed applicants are called for interview in January of the following year.

2. For License/registration 

Create an account on this page and fill the application form upload all required documents (mentioned in documentation section) and pay the fee and submit. Mean while fill this Data flow application form and pay the fee for it and sen with required documents. Then go to prometric website and book exam. (if not exempted from it) pass the exam. for more details check below guidelines and FAQ file.

PSV guidelines

See Detailed guidelines for license and registration process for GP and specialists.

See Guidelines for Dentists

If still confused? Check this FAQ file for more details about license/registration


Examination for license/registration for General practitioners

Examination for license/registration for Dentists


1. For Qatar medical residency Program

  • Complete Qatar Medical Residency Application form
  • Updated CV
  • Copy of clinical experience/house officer
  • Letter of Intention (see FAQ for details)
  • Passport copy
  • IFOM-CSE exam results or USMLE all exam results
  • Residency permit copy (if resident in Qatar)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (academic) results
  • Copy of internship certificate
  • 8 Photos (recent passport size with white background)
  • Medical degree and transcript certificates copy

Submit these documents to  Hamad Medical Corporation, Department of Medical Education Al Rayyan Street Doha, State of Qatar PO Box: 3050 Tel no. 4439 1739/1733/1736/1743.

2. For license/registration

  • 1.Make a new account and Fill online application 
  • Copy of Passport.
  • Copy of Valid QID (If available)
  • One recent photo (with white background)
  • Curriculum Vitae (C. V)
  • Copy of all academic certificates with official transcript 
  • Copy of all work experience certificates 
  • Copy of valid medical/registration license from home country or previous health authority where applicant worked recently
  • PSV (Primary Source verification) report if already done (if available) (for PSV guidelines)
  • Copy of the passing certificate of the qualifying exam (if available)

Submit all these documents online and pay the fee mentioned in online application system.


Salary for General practitioners in Qatar is 4000-6000 USD/month.


Different jobs can be found on Sidra Medical and Research Center. Detailed application process can be found here.

Postgraduate Medical Education

Apart from Qatar medical residency training, Sidra Medical and Research Center is a unique medical education and biomedical research center for doctors in Qatar and abroad. It offers many opportunities for medical graduates. 

Hamad Medical Corporation also offers CME courses which is important way of learning and staying up to date for medical doctors and students.


Primary Health Care Corporation

Supreme Council of Health

Qatar Council of Healthcare Professional

Hamad Medical Corporation

100 thoughts on “Qatar

  1. Dr Farrukh Akhtar

    I have PSV from DataFlow UAE
    I am consultant psychiatrist in Pakistan
    My qualification (FCPS) is recognized by Saudi council for specialist status
    Now how to get license in Qatar

  2. Gul Badin

    Any job opportunity for Medical laboratory students and different lab depatorments
    Gul Badin Khan Mahsood

  3. Dr junaid

    Hi u guys can give me info about ielts as I am preparing for Qatar residency program . What if I unable to submit my ielts result wid my other documents at 15 December.

  4. Dr Muhammad Ayoub Ashraf

    Dear sir,
    I have seven years of experience as General Practitioner in pakistan,have my Goodstanding certificate,passed DHA ( Dubai Health authority exam ) , have my DATAFLOW completed and verified,have IELTS overal band 7, can i apply as General practitioner? Is there any way of getting exemption from prometric test or it is conpulsory to take the test in my case?is my dataflow for DHA is accepted in QATAR or i have to get my documents berified again?
    Dr Ayoub ashraf

  5. Uzair Ali

    I have just completed my House job from Pakistan, I am going for USMLE step in the next schedule but I have little concern about salary
    and other facilties offered to the Residents in Qatar, kindly brief me about that.

    1. junaidjaf Post author

      Qatar pays good salary if u get residency by Hamad Medical Corporation. IT pays general from 4-6 thousand USD/month. and with over time u can earn more.

      1. yusra

        I want to do fcps in qatar . I m from Pakistan . can I gv test in Pakistan for doing fcps in qatar or dubai n plz tell me about prep for fcps

        1. Junaid Khan Post author

          fcps is not recognized training program for dubai or qatar. there they have their own programs. so you should take their residency exam first

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      yes English can be used. In many Arab countries u can use only English.
      Also dont forget to see other posts u can find more options

  6. nosheen

    If sum one has already cleard mrcp 1 and 2 and after that he want to apply for residency in qatar so will give him sum preference or there will sum exemption for him???also how much band required in ielts,over all band is enough or they want separate band 4 each module???

  7. Ishtiaq Ahmad

    Is there any job opportunity for fresh graduates like physician assistant who haven’t USMLE ???

      1. Ishtiaq Ahmad

        I have completed MD this year and soon my internship i going to finish. I’m desperately looking for a job like Physician assistant because I haven’t USMLE and not registered with Qatar medical council please guide me .

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      since FCPS part 1 is not included in exemption criteria from exam. U should read these guidelines and also check this FAQ
      Detailed procedure is mentioned under Procedure heading of the post. Also in Documentation section u can see documents required for application for exam

  8. sana

    Is there any possibility that I could start my training in Qatar after completion of MRCOG part 1? If yes, please guide me about the procedure. Thanks.

  9. Dr. Tauqeer

    Salam. Can anyone tell what does it mean by “5 years working experience (post graduate)”????
    does it mean 5 years working experience as an MO? after house job.
    or 5 year working exp as resident? please tell me.

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      it’s for as MO after house job. well as in dubai they need 2 year experience after house job as MO. as in abu dhabi for haad exam they need three year experience. same way Qatar needs bit more than them

      1. Dr. Tauqeer

        thank you for your reply. let meknow one more thing. is there any asian country demamding no or less experience and without pmdc registration?

        1. Junaid Khan Post author

          well almost every country needs Pmdc if you are fresh graduate then u can contact their medical councils directly and ask about internship opportunities there. Since not much information is provided for those FMGs without internship and registration with a medical council

  10. Jahid Hasan

    Please write on India, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Dubai, Abu-dhabi, Qatar… By the way doing a great job!! Legendary work 🙂

  11. Dr.abdul fakher TASKEEN

    can i continue my dermatology residency in qatar country?
    so please give me information about participation

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      contact hamad medical corporation for continuation of your residency there. Links are already in the post

    2. Junaid Khan Post author

      you should write Hamad medical corporation and Sidra for more information about your case. if they accept you as dermatology resident there. links are above in the post

  12. Dr.Touseef Ansar

    Dear Mr. Junaid,
    First of all many thanks and wish u a very blessed life, You are doing an excellent work. Well i have two degrees after MBBS, that is MSc- in Public Health Management from Japan and Diploma in dermatology and dermatosurgery DCDD from Bangkok thailand. I wish to work in qatar but i am not sure they will take me as specialist in derma or not?its full one year diploma…can you guide me and tell me about that….and wt if i want to work in public health?what should i do first???

    best Regards

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      For Qatar in Public Health I am sure you can apply through several organizations like also you should write hamad medical corporation here for more information regarding your additional diploma in Dermatology consideration. I hope they will reply you. Also it depends on your interest. if you have interest in Dermatology. then your additional diploma will help you getting residency in it. But you should contact Hamad medical corporation first. also see career opportunities at Sidra here

  13. Dr. Salman

    AOA Junaid.

    Can you please tell me that if one is applying for residency does he have to apply for licensing first?


  14. Walid

    Dear Sir,

    I have two questions and I would like to get some clarification
    1- I would like to ask if in Qatar they consider the 4 years of residency for Tunisian doctor specialist, as work experience ?
    For your information The residency is after 7 years of Medicine studying ( 5 + 2 years internship in hospitals) and after the doctor graduation we make 4 years of working as residency
    2- During the PCV on dataflow for supreme council of Qatar we must upload the certificate already produced from french to Arabic
    The translation to arabic is made by an official translator. Is this translation enough or we have to make the approval in the Tunisian ministry of health and the Qatar embassy ?

    Thanks for your response

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      1 / yeah they consider 4 years of residency as work experience , you need have your qualification , 2 / translation from official translator is enough and you need ask your tunisian ministry of health and the Qatar embassy

  15. Dr.Waseem

    Thank you junaid bro. I am done with plab 1 and so I am exempted from G.P exam but I don’t have 5 year post graduate experience.Will they accept me for a position as G.P in Qatar.

  16. Ayesha

    ive 4 years experience aftr housejob.n if housejob from pak included in exp thn its 5 yers
    m i eligible for gp in qatar?

  17. Dr Sammer

    hi, i have completed my graduation from Pakistan. now i am doing my housejob. . my concern is if i apply for residency in Qatar next year , what is there level of preference for Pakistani graduate. i shall be thankful to you if you give me sufficient guidance regarding this as soon as possible.

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      it’s not about pakistan. its about your credentials. and following eligibility criteria
      1. 12 months straight or rotating internship (priority will be given to those who completed within last 3 years)
      2. Passed USMLE step 2 CK exam or IFOM-CSE exam
      3. TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) score

  18. Cess

    Are the Nurses from Western countries like UK, Ireland, France, Spain are exempted fro Qatar Prometric Examination?

  19. Zafeer Ahmed

    Dear Sir,

    I will be applying for the year 2017 match Qatar Residency, I have passed my USMLE step1 and 2ck will be soon this month. Also i have a clinical research exp of 2 month at Johns Hopkins Hospital of which i have the LOR from the Program Director of Emergency Medicine at Hopkins. I will also be completing the one year House Job before the application. Please tell me how can I strengthen my chances for the match. Also do the scores in USMLE matter?

    Hope to hear soon from you.

    Thank you
    Graduate of 2015 ( Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi. Pakistan)

  20. Dr soky

    Please are there any considerations for old FMG to get into the residency training Programme in Qatar? I graduated in 2003. Please what other options do I have for other countries. Great job you are doing

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      unfortunately old FMGs aren’t given priorities. because of passage of time. so you should apply for Pg ship in countries where there is no such restrictions

  21. asra

    hi i am graduate mbbs from pakistan but i am currently living in usa. i graduated in 2012 but i came to usa without my internship and here i have been doing various jobs in hsopital and volunteer work. i have passed usmle step 1 step 2 ck and step 2 cs. can i apply for internship and residency in qatar? will my application be considered?

  22. Saba

    I am mbbs from pakistan. I have completed mrcog part 1. I have 3 years if work exp in pakistan. I living in qatar with my husband. I want complete my training. Can some one please guid where to start. And what do i have to do.

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      first read the eligibility section if you are eligible. then read the procedure section and proceed with documents mentioned in documentation section.

  23. folksy

    I’m a certified doctor from Nigeria, planning to relocate to Qatar,how can I practice in Qatar as a international medical graduate!?

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      first read the eligibility section if you are eligible. then read the procedure section and proceed with documents mentioned in documentation section.

  24. Muhammad younas

    Sir I have completed my mbbs and m going to complete my house job this year from Pakistan.what is the requirements and procedure to get a permanent job in qatar hospitals after the completion of house job?

  25. Muhammad younas

    Sir how can I get a job in qatar hospitals after completion of mbbs and house job from Pakistan? Please guide me

  26. sadia

    hi.I am an fresh medical graduate from bangladesh and have an one year of experience as a medical there any training opportunity for me in qata? 5 yr clinical experience is along period..and i am going to sit for mrcp part 1 exam on next diet..

  27. daniel

    Hi there. Please I need to know if there are opportunities to practice in Qatar. I’m a Nigerian with 3yrs work experience as a Medical officer. And also for residency slots and requirements for such. Thanks

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      for medical officer. you need to have 5 year experience first to take exam. for residency please see eligibility section of the post

  28. Heba

    Hi, I have 2 questions: first about experience, I have 4 years as a GP plus the internship year, is that calculated as 5 years postgraduate experience?
    Second : I have passed AMC mcq exam and that’s an exemption from exam but, I have my primary source verification as well made by ECFMG, do I need to make it again?
    Thanks alot

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      first of all. 5 year experience does not include internship. so you need one more year experience. Secondly, Primary source verification is done by different organizations and are almost never accepted by the other organization. But to confirm it you should email them as well.

  29. alde r

    ive just completed my internship from zimbabwe and i dont have the 5years experience required for licensing for general practitioners. what is my entry point and am i eligible fora licence if ipass thevaluation examination

  30. Ayesha

    what are oppurtunities fr an mbbs with 3 years post grad experience in qatar,otjr thn gp and residency?

  31. Dr.Asida mohamed ashraf

    I finished mbbs and internship from india .postqualification I have 1 year and 7 mnths experience as medical officer .I want to enter the hmc residency program.D site says I need ielts ,step2ck or that all .when is that next intake in 2017?

  32. Nadia

    Hi, I’m a resident in psychiatry in the Netherlands and would like to continue mij residency (1-2years) in Qatar. Can u help me understand this system in Qatar en tell me what I should do, or who do I contact ?

      1. asra

        hi, i graduated from Pakistan in 2012 . I did my usmles and now I am ECFMG certified. can you tell me if I can apply for Qatar medical residency or do I have to apply first to Qatar internship program as I have not done my house job/internship from Pakistan?
        any other requirements that i have to fulfil

  33. Shaz

    Hi, I have a question . I am graduate from pak in 2008, did house job till 2009 and worked as medical officer till 2013. Than I came USA and did my usmle step 1, 2 , CS and step 3. Here I’m doing externship with different doctors and facilities and also volunteer at research program at university hospital. I have all letter of recommendation from those doctors. I’m USA permanent resident. I want to know whether I’m eligible to apply for your residency programs, as I couldn’t find criteria for different programs, only on website saying graduates after 2012. Will highly appreciate your response

  34. DR.farhan shahid

    Sir i’am really confused about their elligibilty criteria…i’am a 2015 graduate. Currently doing my 1 year housejob which will conclude on may 15th 2017. Im confused about the experience they require after graduation…will my housejob be enough..what is this post graduate training year all about. ?

    1. Junaid Khan Post author

      you should have clinical experience of atleast 5 year (as Medical officer, General practitioner) in some country to apply for licensing exam to work in Qatar.

  35. Homan

    Homan Alipour:
    Dear Sir
    I am a last year medical student from Iran, Tabriz University of Medical Science (TUMS). I am intrested in continueing my education and specialize in your university in postgraduate programs. There are many important reasons for that. Firstly as Qatar medical centers are among the world’s best scientific centers, there is a great opportunity for me to develop in my field in both clinical and scientific areas. On the top of that due to access to some of the world’s modernest Hospital in which the newest methods of diagnosis and treatment undergoes, I can have a beter prespective toward my future career.
    For these reasons I will be greatful if you let me know if it is possible for me to apply and which criteriae I need to fulfil.
    With great regards
    Homan Alipour

  36. Ahmed Haseeb

    hello sir am 4 th year medical student in china . i am from pakistan . i wana complete my internship work from qatar ,, please could you shear some informations about that ,, jazak ALLAH

  37. Md. Ibrahim Razu

    Assalamu Alaikum..
    Can please tell how much residency spots are there in Qatar and how many people apply for the positions.

    And is there any minimum ielts score.


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