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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 425-429

Evolution of family medicine residency training program in Dubai Health Authority: A 24-year review, challenges, and outcomes

1 Department of Primary Health Care, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE
2 Department of Medical Education, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mahera Abdulrahman
Department of Medical Education, Dubai Health Authority, P. O. Box: 88905, Dubai
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_183_17

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Introduction: It is well known that family medicine (FM) is a cornerstone for developing a community-based health-care system, and training family physicians is critical for the society. In Middle East, only 5%–10% of physicians, nurses, and health technicians are citizens. This demands more efforts toward having national FM practitioners in the country. The development of FM residency training program through the past two decades in Dubai has played a crucial rule in this aspect. Methods: The primary purpose of this study is to review the status of FM specialty training in the Emirates of Dubai throughout the past two decades. Results: The FM residency training program started since 1993 and had intake of 230 residents till 2017; out of which, 200 (87%) were female and 211 (92%) were the United Arab Emirates national. From 176 residents who are supposed to be graduated by 2017, 162 (92%) completed 4-year training, 132 (75%) has got the Arab Board certificate, and 116 (66%) qualified by the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) international. Conclusion: The present study revealed that despite all challenges, the well-structured FM program enabled the graduates to reach high clinical, administrative, leadership, and academic positions such as consultant (40), chief executive officer (1), chief advisor for primary care (1), director (9), head of sections (9), head/deputy head of primary health center (55), head of academic affair center (1), chair of MRCGP international (1), program director of FM (4), MRCGP convener (6), MRCGP coordinator (6), and MRCGP examiner (42). However, the program is still lacking certification by an international accreditation body. This will help in reaching a better balance between education and clinical duties for all trainers and faculty; and will positively advocate support for an environment conducive to learning for residents as well as faculty members.

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