Hamad Medical Corporation, in collaboration with Qatar Red Crescent and the Palestine Red Crescent Society, is pleased to announce that Palestinian doctors can apply for selected HMC Residency Training Programs in Qatar through the Amiri Scholarship Program for Postgraduate Training in Medical Specializations. This charity program is funded through a special grant from HH the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to support the development of a medical workforce in the Palestinian Territories and to build a sustainable healthcare infrastructure for its people. This program is open exclusively to Palestinian nationals resident in West Bank and Gaza.

The matching intake for the academic year 2020-21 is now open and will accept applications between 15 October 2019 and 31 December 2019. This intake is for residents seeking to join HMC starting July 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the Amiri Scholarship Program for Palestinian Doctors, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Hold a passport issued by the Palestinian authority or a travelling document issued by another country but which is not linked to a national number of that country and be in possession of a valid Palestinian Identity. 

2. Currently resident in Gaza or West Bank.

3. Graduated, between 2014 and 2019 (inclusive), from a medical school listed on the register of the World Directory of Medical Schools (https://www.wdoms.org/).

4. Have completed, or will complete by 30 June of the intake year, an internship training program* or one (1) year of postgraduate, hospital-based training in one or more major medical specialties.

*An Internship Training Program is 12 months of clinical rotations in major medical specialties (e.g. Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology) after graduation from Medical School. The trainee should receive a Certificate of Completion of Internship at the end of the Internship Training Program. Externship Rotations, Observership Rotations, Clinical Attachment Rotations, and rotations completed while enrolled in the last year of medical school are not considered internship training.  

5. Hold a valid Medical License or be eligible for licensure in their home country, the country where they currently practice, or in Qatar.

6. Have been in continuous clinical practice in the one-year period preceding application and with no practice gaps of one year or greater at any time since internship completion (without appropriate justification of extenuating circumstances).   

7. Passed any one of the following required clinical examinations:


Examination Name

Minimum Accepted Score**


Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)



Clinical Science Exam (CSE)

Equivalent to the pass scores of USMLE for the year in which the exam was written**

For 2019: 73 (new scoring format)


Qualifying Examination (QE) Part 1***


** See http://www.nbme.org for prior year pass score information.

*** Candidates who have written the MCCQE Part 1 exam prior to November 2019 must also provide passing MCCEE results.

8. Met the minimum listed score in any one of the following required English language proficiency examinations:


Examination Name

Minimum Accepted Score


PBT / PBT Revised

Prior scoring format: 550

Revised scoring format: 60

iBT (professional level)



Academic Level


Available Specialties 

The available specialties for the 2020 intake are as follows:

For Applicants Resident in

Specialization (Residency)

Sub-Specialization (Fellowship)


Orthopedic Surgery

Spine Surgery


Regional Anesthesia

Internal Medicine


Obstetrics & Gynecology

Maternal Medicine

General Surgery

Hepatobiliary Surgery

West Bank

Internal Medicine

Infectious Disease; or

Nephrology; or

Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU); or Rheumatology

Cardiothoracic Surgery


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online application portal, SMApply. 

1. Register for a new account at https://hamad.smapply.io or log in to your existing account. New account registration will only be available while the application intake period is open.

2. a) For new users: complete the Eligibility Quiz, to determine eligibility to apply. Applicants who provide false information in the Eligibility Quiz, in order to bypass the system, may be disqualified from the application process.

b) For account holders who have previously applied online to our programs: update your existing Eligibility Quiz, in order to view programs to which you may apply. Programs will only become visible and open for applications while the application intake period is open.

3. Initiate the application. Take note of the unique application number, for future reference.

4. Complete all parts of the application, including the application form and uploading of all required documents. The various sections of the application can be modified or corrected prior to submission; however, no further changes are permitted once submission is complete.

5. Submit the completed application prior to the intake deadline. The system does not allow late submissions and will automatically close to submission at 11:59 pm. (Qatar time) on the day of the deadline. Incomplete applications or those not submitted prior to the deadline will not be considered for selection.

We strongly encourage all applicants to review Frequently Asked Questions and Appendix (A) “General Guidelines on Completing the Application” before completing their application. 

Additional Information

Please take careful note of the following NEW FOR 2020 updates:
  • The minimum accepted TOEFL score has been increased to 87. This is to better reflect equivalency between TOEFL and IELTS scoring. 
  • TOEFL and IELTS results must be valid at the time of application. The current validity of both exams is two years from the date of testing.
  • Applications must now be fully complete prior to submission, including all required clinical and English language proficiency examination scores. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that exams are written in sufficient time that scores are available prior to the application deadline. 
  • All applications will be verified thoroughly for false information. Any discovered instances of plagiarism (e.g. copied Letters of Intent), false information, or manipulation of documents will result in disqualification and withdrawal of your application.
  • Date formats in the application have been amended to dd/mm/yyyy.
Contact Us:

All queries should be addressed to aelthlatheny@hamad.qa. This email address is monitored Sunday through Thursday, 7am to 3pm (Qatar time) and queries are dealt with in the order in which they are received. We endeavor to reply within two to three business days; however, response time may lengthen during peak periods. Please do not resend your query multiple times as it may result in a delay in replying to you.

Personal visits (by the applicant or family members), phone calls, and emails to individual staff members will not be entertained. This will be strictly enforced and attempts to do so may be considered interference in the selection process.