Oman Observer

Paediatric residency programme for aspirants from GCC

Dubai: Aspiring paediatricians from across the GCC can now pursue their medical training in the UAE at Al Jalila children’s hospital as part of the newly-added Paediatric Residency Programme.

The only paediatric residency programme to be accredited by the Saudi Board in the UAE, the four-year programme will run in academic partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), Dubai Healthcare City Authority’s first medical university, offering students the opportunity to train under well-known paediatricians from around the world across a wide spectrum of paediatric subspecialties.

Throughout the four years of training, emphasis will be placed on the enhancement of residents’ competence in the medical interview and physical examination, and on communication and interpersonal skills. Residents will have a progressive educational experience with increasing patient care responsibility and supervisory responsibilities involving both inpatient and outpatient experiences. Preventive health care, ethical issues, and discussions of the cost and benefits of diagnostic tests, procedures, and therapies will be an integral part of the residency training throughout the duration of the programme.

Dr  Mohamad Alawadhi, chief operating officer of Al Jalila Children’s said that the “launch of the residency programme was in line with the objectives of the establishment of the hospital as a centre for learning, research, and clinical excellence. Al Jalila Children’s is a state-of-the-art facility and we are confident that through the academic partnership with MBRU and the involvement of the Saudi Board, our residency programme will be a training initiative that every aspiring physician would want to be a part of. Besides having access to vast learning and academic resources, successful applicants will train alongside paediatricians who are well-known in their respective fields and have years of experience from some of the world’s best children’s hospitals.”

The Saudi Board curriculum is intended to provide a broad foundation for residents and faculty to focus on teaching and learning as well as clinical experience and professional development during the training programme period. All physicians participating in resident education will participate in a faculty development programme and workshop on the CanMEDS Framework that identifies and describes the competencies physicians require to effectively meet the healthcare needs of the people they serve. These competencies are grouped thematically under seven roles.

The Al Jalila Children’s Residency Programme has now begun accepting applications online on residency.aljalilachildrens.ae.