Qatar is a small country in the Persian or Arabian Gulf with a population of around 2.6 million people and is known for its large reserve of oil and gas. Qatar will also be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, so if you plan on doing residency there, now is the right time for you to buy your tickets.
Requirements for Residency Application
There are three major requirements needed before you can apply for residency in Qatar. These include a medical qualification exam, English Proficiency test and a minimum of one year of training.
1. Medical Qualification Exam
The first thing you need to have is a medical knowledge exam. This could be either the Step 2 CK exam (United States), the MCCQE 1 (Canada), or the IFOM exam. You need a passing score on these exams but a higher score makes you a more competitive applicant.
2. English Proficiency Test
Another requirement is the English knowledge exam and this could be either the TOEFL which you need to score 87 or higher or the IELTS, which you need to score 7 or higher. These exams have to be valid by the time you apply. Generally, they are valid for two years so it is important to take the exam when you’re planning to apply for residency.
3. Internship Training
You also need to have one year of training or one year of internship. Some schools have this one year included in the medical training, so you finish your medical education and then do one year of internship. In this situation, you will not get your medical degree until you finish this one year of internship.
In some other schools, you can graduate with your medical degree without this one year of internship. For these schools, you need to do one year of internship and this can be done during the first year of residency
Due to the competition for spots, given the limited number of spots and the high number of applicants, some applicants choose to do the Step 1 or a board exam, do more years of residency in their home country or do research in order to have a better chance of matching into residency.
These are not mandatory as you don’t need to have them in order to apply for residency but if you do that would make your application more competitive. Some applicants have something unique like sport activities, music activities or they’re professional players which would make the application stand out.
Interviews and Match Process
After fulfilling the requirement for applying for residency, you submit your application and wait for interviews. You can apply to two specialties then you rank them in order of preference.
Interviews generally hold over the phone or zoom and after you interview you know if you matched or not few months after. If you are lucky and fortunate to match into residency, you will receive your visa electronically so you don’t have to worry about going to the embassy and getting your visa approval. If you are approved to start residency in Qatar, you will receive it by email and you can just travel afterwards to start your residency.
A great aspect about residency in Qatar is that it’s well connected to the American system and makes it easy for those interested in continuing residency or fellowship in the U.S. However, in order to do residency or fellowship in the U.S you need to be ECFMG certified. You need to have your Step 1 and Step 2 Ck exam then you can apply to the American system.
These are the basic things you need to know about matching into residency in Qatar. Hopefully, this information will help you start your journey to residency in Qatar.