Emigration minister, Texas Medical Board discuss integrating Egyptian doctors in state

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Jul 2023

Minister of Emigration Soha Gendy discussed with President of the Texas Medical Board Sherif Zaafran how to further integrate Egyptian doctors working abroad into the American state, in order to to benefit the Egyptian medical system.

Sherif Zaafran
Egypt s Minister of Emigration Soha Gendy receives President of the Texas Medical Board Sherif Zaafran. Zaafran s Facebook account


“We are keen to open horizons of cooperation between our scientists, experts and various state institutions, especially in the health sector,” a statement by the ministry quoted Gendy as saying to Zaafran.

She highlighted the cooperation of those experts with the ministry and a number of civil society groups, affirming that the experience of Egyptian doctors abroad is beneficial to the country’s medical services.

For his part, Zaafran welcomed cooperation with the ministry in order to better serve patients and exchange experiences.

He also praised Egypt's efforts to develop its health institutions.

Pointing out that a large number of Egyptian doctors are members of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA), Zaafran affirmed the importance of coordination between institutions regulating medical sectors

As many as 14 medical faculties in different Egyptian universities have obtained the license required by the Texas Medical Board to operate in the state, Zaafran said.

There is also a room for cooperation and coordination with Egyptian authorities to allow the rest of medical faculties in Egypt to obtain the board’s license, he added.

Gendy pledged to submit Zaafran’s proposals to set a cooperation framework with the board to the ministers of health and higher education as well as a number of governors.

A total of around 9,000 medical students graduate annually from Egyptian universities nationwide, 65 percent of which work abroad, according to official figures.

Also, Egyptian doctors ranked among the top five 'joiner doctors' who joined the UK medical workforce in 2021, according to a report released the British General Medical Council (GMC).

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