There is some good news from the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD), one of the major UAE professional licensing organisations. The HAAD revised its terms for international medical graduates last year and there are some changes.
The main points are:
- Doctors from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa who hold Specialist Registration or Board Certification and practice in non interventional fields will be granted the Consultant License immediately upon passing the Specialist examination. The former experience requirement of 2 years is now waived. Physicians practising in interventional specialities will still have to complete the 2 years' experience post Specialist Registration.
- Doctors from the European Countries and Far East: the countries of Europe have been placed in Tier 2 and 3 categories and this means that physicians from these countries now have a longer experience requirement of 5 years after Specialist qualification before the Consultant License can be obtained.