Following an increase in the demand for professionally trained occupational medical practitioners in the Middle East, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has been conducting (since 2010), Membership and Licentiateship (MFOM and LFOM) examinations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This has been facilitated by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Faculty and the Unites Arab Emirates University to conduct these examinations on the UAE university premises through the Institute of Public Health at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The Institute of Public Health (IPH) in UAE University offers academic and training courses and lectures on occupational health and environmental health issues, conducts research in this area and participates in raising community awareness about public health issues and especially workers health. Moreover, the IPH offers a 5 days refresher course for those who are planning to sit for the LFOM /MFOM examination.
Interest in the opportunity to enrol for the examinations in Al Ain continues to grow with nominations received from countries in the Middle East Region such as Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq and Iran, South Asia (Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) and as far as Scotland, Nigeria, Australia and Germany. This opportunity has assisted in promoting occupational medicine in those regions as well as providing additional opportunities for the candidates to acquire peer assessed qualifications, particularly useful for those employed by multinational organisations.