Doctors study at the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University, which is the same graduate course that medical students in the UK follow, and takes six years to complete. Before the Diploma in Surgery can be taken the doctor needs to have two to three years experience in surgery after the initial basic house officer training. Prior to the MD Surgery qualification the doctor needs five to six years specialist training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Although the Egyptian plastic surgeons follow a similar training program to those in the UK, the plastic surgeons in Egypt gain more experience with surgical procedures not commonly done in the NHS, such as face lift and new cosmetic techniques like endoscopic surgery for the endoscopic brow lift.
The Diploma and MD are similar to the FRCS (1) and FRCS (2) in the UK with clinical specialisation taking place after completion of FRCS part 1. In Egypt the second part of the qualification is now specialised and MD Plastic Surgery in Egypt is the equivalent to the UK qualification of FRCS (plast).
The General Medical Syndicate is the official regulatory body of the medical profession in Egypt, and cosmetic surgeons should be listed on the Health Register Licence of Consultant Plastic Surgeons (similar to the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register) and be members of The Egyptian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ESPRS) which includes around 250 doctors. Membership is strict and is limited to those with a PhD in plastic surgery. Surgeons may also be members of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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