About us

Kurdistan Board of Medical Specialties (KBMS)


KBMS is a teaching and training institution in the field of Medical Sciences which has the status of university.

The basic function of Kurdistan Board for Medical Specialties is to certify physicians in their primary duties as specialist in different medical discipline and to promote their professional capacity in both specialties and sub specialties according to the most update and high standards at the international levels. It is our duty to support the professional development of those Board Certified physicians throughout their career.

Keeping high standards of Board Certified physicians in the future is part of main goals. This is achieved through a comprehensive continuous process in the future involving educational requirements, professional peer review evaluation, examination and professional development.  

The governing body of each individual specialty board comprises specialists qualified in the particular field represented by that board. Members of the governing bodies include representatives from among the national specialty organizations in related fields.

Since 2009, Kurdistan for Medical Specialties has been approved by Kurdistan Regional Government and it is working continuously with a close cooperation with other medical institutes e.g. Ministry of Health, Hawler Medical University, Medical Colleges of Slemani University and Duhok University, Health Directorate in Erbil, Slemani and Duhok. Kurdistan Board for Medical Specialties is working according to guidelines of Quality Assurance of Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Support of Kurdisan and Erbil Medical Syndicate during the past is highly appreciated.

We are in Kurdistan Board of Medical Specialties open for exchange knowledge, training of KBMS trainers and trainees between countries to attain and sustain national, regional or international quality. Besides, KBMS conducts internal self-evaluation and external review by independent specialists and/or international expertise.


Ass. Prof. Dr. Saleem Saaed Qader


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 SalahaddinSlemani 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

  • There are 474 trainees at KBMS (2019)
  • Acceptation Rate:
  • There are 121 KBMS employees with different administrative and IT backgrounds  
  • 469 qualified academic staff for training of the trainees in teaching hospitals (…)
  • They are affiliated to Ministry of Health and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
    • KBMS has 38  Professors and 98 Assistant Professors (2014)
  • There are 5 Clinical Specialty Councils, 36 Specialties, with full teaching and training facilities. Each Specialty Councils is run by a president; with membership of 36 program directors who are oversee 42 Director of Centers
  • KBMS has 3 training centers based in Erbil, Slemani 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 36 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 e.g. Australian and Jordanian Higher Education institutions to attain and sustain international quality In addition to MOU with internal universities.
  • The Trainees are entitled for Kurdistan Board of Medical Specialties Certificate and get fellow degree of Kurdistan Board for Medical Specialties
  • 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.) 

Distribution of ESTs by Training Center

Distribution of ESTs by Academic & Professional Rank

Distribution of ESTs by Specialty

No. of Trainees & Specialties by academic Year