Many Maltese surgeons train abroad, more often in the UK, where they receive the same qualifications and abbreviations as Maltese surgeons eg FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons). The Medical School in Malta is located at St Luke’s Hospital, MSIDA, Guardamangia 06, Malta. (Tel: +356 3290 2224).
In Malta the training for cosmetic surgeons is very similar to the UK. It involves five years of undergraduate training in medicine then two years of pre-registration house officer jobs, followed by a further three to four years of general surgical training and five to six years of plastic surgery training.
Professional regulatory bodies include The Maltese Medical Council and since Malta's accession to the EU a new committee has been set up to award specialist recognition, this is called the Specialist Accreditation Committee (SAC). Specialist registration is required to practice as a specialist in the field of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and the SAC accredits specialists on the recommendation of the Association of Surgeons of Malta, who help promote high standards of surgical practice in Malta and professional ethics.
Other associations include The Medical Association of Malta which aims to unite all members of the medical profession and promote ethical professional standards while the Health Division of the Malta Government is the regulator of health services in Malta.
The Ministry of Health is located at St Joseph High Road, St Venera (Tel: +356 485 1000), the Maltese Medical Council at Castellania Place, 15 Merchants Street, Valletta (Tel: +356 224 071) and the Medical Association of Malta at Medisle Village, St Andrews, Malta (Tel: +356 338851).
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