Welcome from KBMS President

The establishment of Kurdistan Board of Medical Specialties (KBMS) came after many years of sufferings which faced Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR). Aftermath uprising 1991 through 2003; sanctions imposed by Former Iraqi Regime on KR and on Iraq by the UN Security Council resolution 661 on August 1990  led to deterioration of health status of population and depletion of  qualified and trained  workforce. During that period and due to political or economic reasons; a very large proportion of highly qualified, experienced people at all levels including physicians, technicians and nurses left the country. Hence, the KR was in demand for building the future, for which the younger generations will need to be equipped with new skills, knowledge and ideals. Whereas; countries emerging from political distress carries with it major challenges to reforming a health system; one of such challenges is to ensure an adequate supply of competent workforce. Our aim via joining this website is to give an overview and insight on KBMS issues to the relevant readers.

KBMS aims to exchange knowledge, interactive networking and mobility of KBMS trainers and trainees between countries to attain and sustain national, regional or international quality. Concurrently; KBMS conducts internal self-evaluation and external review by independent specialists and/or international expertise.


Professor Hamanajm  Jaff (FRCP, FRCPI, FRCPSG, FCCP)

President of KBMS



KBMS History

The establishment of Kurdistan Board of Medical Specialties (KBMS) was recommended in 2001 by a Higher Education Conference held in Erbil and attended by delegates from Kurdistan Region Universities namely SalahaddinSulaimaniah and Duhok. In 2004, the draft of law for establishment of KBMS was raised to Kurdistan National Assembly in Iraq and endorsed on 25th June, 2008. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in Kurdistan Region (KR) in accordance to the  Constitution and the Education Law is enacted Article 6 Law No. 10 in 2008 to establish KBMS  as one of its institution and  formally commenced its operation in 22th   Feb., 2009.



KBMS Objectives

  • Promotion of Health services
  • Scientific standards of learning & training
  • Continuous upgrade of candidates
  • Build up innovative decision makers



  • Mountain:  the homeland for Kurdish people and the only shelter during the crisis
  • Sun: KBMS is the hope for the people to provide them with better health care
  • Cloud: health problems and diseases
  • Glass and Snake: the health and healing throughout centuries
  • Dates: the date of establishment of KBMS in both Kurdish and AD calendar
  • Sky Blue color: the color of World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Last letters: The name of KBMS and  the motto of KBMS


 Facts and Figures

  • KBMS is a public university based in Erbil city, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. It is Established in 2009.
  • KBMS is a teaching and training institution in the field of Medical Sciences which has the status of university
  • University Color: Sky Blue
  • Motto: Setting Clinical and Professional Excellence
  • There are 474 trainees at KBMS (2014)
  • KBMS received (468) applications for postgraduate study for entry in (2014-2015)
  • There are 114 KBMS employees and 469 Academic staff who are affiliated to KBMS to lecture and train the trainees at teaching hospitals (2014)
  • The 469 affiliated KBMS academic staff are employees of Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)
  • KBMS has 38  Professors and 98 Assistant Professors (2014)
  • There are 4 Clinical Specialty Councils, 26 Specialties, 3 KBMS halls and tens of halls inside health facilities (2014)
  • Clinical diagnostics specialties council founded in 2012,  whereas the rest of specialty councils were founded in 2013
  • Each of the four clinical specialty councils is headed by a president; with membership of 20 program directors who are oversee 42 Director of Centers
  • KBMS has 3 training centers based in Erbil, Sulaimania and Duhok cities
  • KBMS does not discriminate in admission against any person on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin and political beliefs
  • KBMS has a library with 115 thesis, 60 journals and 572 books (Hard copies) for 34 different disciplines and 44 books (soft copies)  for 17 disciplines
  • The academic year at KBMS runs from October to October
  • The period of study in KBMS is 4-7 years, varies according to the   specialties. The key requirement in acquiring KBMS degree is training for 6-12 months in one of well recognized Training Centers abroad
  • KBMS signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with many institutions like Australian and Jordanian higher education institutions to attain and sustain national, regional or international quality
  • The Trainees are entitled for Kurdistan Board of Medical Specialties Certificate which is equivalent to Doctorate Degree
  • Examination Calendar for KBMS is as follow:
  1. April: Admission exam. + Re-sit exam. for Part- I & II (written & clinical exam. )
  2. October: Part- I (written exam.)
  3. October: Part- II (written & clinical exam.) 


 Total No. of KBMS Staff

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Distribution of ESTs by Training Center

No. of EST  by Training Center2013


Distribution of ESTs by Academic & Professional Rank

No. of EST by AcademicProfessional Rank2013


Distribution of ESTs by Specialty

No. of EST by Specialty Program 2013


No. of Trainees & Specialties by academic Year

Trainees  Specialties