Dentistry In Aleppo City:
It is worth saying that the Education System is in Arabic Language from School to the Postgraduate Institutions (the only country to have this system in the region), to be able to study dentistry in Syria, you should meet the yearly set score at the High School certificate called the Baccalaureate; the Ministry of Education administers it nationally every year, and as a role the highest score will be admitted to Medicine & dentistry then Engineering and so on...
In the Dental School: It takes five years to achieve the Diploma of Doctor in Dental Surgery, then another four years on the temporary licence then another four years on the temporary licence to achieve the permanent registration where newly graduate dentists have to be supervised during that period all the times, during this period , graduates have to do a compulsory two year national healthcare service and another two years in the rural areas(private or contracted) to be able to obtain the permanent licence to practice under their own name.
Postgraduate Clinical Training:
It is difficult to get a postgraduate qualifications, Places are limited to the very recommended few who meet certain administrative criteria. The main centre for training is in Damascus (Tishrin Hospital) and it is based on a 3 years residency program with an exit Exam to obtain a register able "Postgraduate Certificate" or, an "MSc" in the chosen field following a dissertation. Clinical trainers/Tutors come from a very diverse postgraduate dental background (a melting pot from all the global dental research & education).
Graduate of the Arab League Universities: are recognised in the Syrian Dental Register by providing the essential documents of graduation, registration with their Health Authorities. They are generally welcomed by the members of the profession/patients and expected to have their own private practices.
Other members of the Profession (Europeans & Non-Europeans): they have to have a work permit before they can be registered for a conversion clinical exam, It is administered by the health authority after a period of Associate ship with one of the registered dentists(dentists have to look for this placement themselves), the basic facts about this exam are the ability to perform all the required clinical tasks & to speak Arabic (to be able to communicate with the patients & the examiners).
Syrian Patients are friendly & willing to give foreign dentists a try, if they did not like the service they simply do not come back to the same practice again. BUT, if they do, it will be impossible to find an appointment with that dentist for months...Syrian dentists are very keen to please their customers, as the workplace is very competitive it regulates itself by nature.
The Dental Practice
Once the dentist is registered with the Ministry of Health & the SDA, there are several ways to start his/her practice, Private finance-SDA/Bank Loan.It is very difficult to find a contract with the local Health Authority as places normally taken for life, although this situation is changing slowly it is still a common practise.
Every registered dentist is expected to continue the professional development through the evening lectures of the local SDA branch and the SDA International meeting every 2 years, normally without a financial compensation.
Colleges for school leavers to acquire Dental Assistant, Technician, and Hygienist training & qualifications are in every major city now, but generally they lack in numbers, dentists find themselves recruiting & training their own staff, and managing their own finances that picture corresponds with the high turnover of staff in the new practices.
All payments are done in cash, normally by instalments, No credit card or cheques accepted, there is a social benefit system, which applies only to the Public Sector employees & their families. Private health insurance companies do not exist.
Income tax is calculated by a sudden visit of the tax inspector when the practice is first open, the number of patients on that day will determine the level of tax the practice has to pay, it is expected from the dentist to pay the annual tax by going to the tax office, water, electricity, and the telephone are metered & billed monthly.
Computers & IT
The dentists increasingly appreciate it in their own practices, generally hampered by the lack of Arabic dental software to match their system.It is expected to be available soon.
*Syrian Ministry of Health
Responsible for licensing & registration of the healthcare Professionals
(Temporary, Permanent Registers) for general dentists and specialists, therefore, any P. G. training has to be
approved by it.
Ministry of Health
Phone (Switchboard): 00963(11) 3311023
*Syrian Dental Association (SDA)
Looks after the dental profession (has its own register for the practicing dentists), dental standards, Continuing Professional Education (through SDA-Journal(in Arabic), evening lectures, and an International meeting every two years in Damascus).
Dr. Fayzal Dayoub (Head Office President)
Jisser Al Abiad
Building of Syrian Dental Association, near Cham Palace
PO Box 11104
Phone: 00 963 (11) 222 1446
Fax: 00 963 (11) 222 4845
*SDA Aleppo Branch
Phone: 00963(21) 222 1446
00963(21) 222 4845
*University of Aleppo
The Dental School
Tel:(21) 670400 - 670300
*University Of Al-Baath
The Dental School
Tel:(31) 426701 - 431806
*University Of Tishrin
The Dental School
Tel:(41) 416311 - 416312
*University of Damascus
The Dental School
Tel: (11) 2215101
*United States of America Embassy in Syria
P.O. Box 29
Al Mansour Street
Tel: (11) 3332315
Tel: (11) 3332814
Fax: (11) 2247938.
*United Kingdom Embassy in Syria
P.O. Box 37,
Kurd Ali Street
Tel: (11) 3712561/2/3
Fax: (11) 3713592