100% success for Emirati trainees enrolled in Mafraq Hospital’s Academic Residency Programme

ABU DHABI: Mafraq Hospital, championing Emirati healthcare, has announced a 100 percent pass rate of Emirati trainees enrolled in the hospital’s internal medicine and paediatric residency programme in 2013. Mafraq Hospital is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA).

The accredited ACGME-I (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International) residency programmes were launched by SEHA in 2012. They consist of 17 training programmes for resident physicians across eight medical specialties at five of SEHA’s teaching hospitals. Mafraq Hospital’s Academic Department offers trainees a four year path to achieve broad clinical competency training in Paediatrics and Internal Medicine.

The hospital’s Academic Department, programme directors and faculty of experts are trained and highly experienced Emiratis who are leaders in their respective fields. “I am grateful to be on a career path which is the result of our nation’s wise leadership that invested in its people and their abilities to propel the country’s advancements in healthcare. We are honoured to pay it forward and invest in the future of the Emirati community through this resident programme”, said Dr. Laila Obaid, Consultant Paediatrics/Neonatology and Paediatric Residency Programme Director at Mafraq Hospital.

“The program is part of Mafraq Hospital’s commitment to provide training with an emphasis on well-balanced and hands-on experience that prepares members of our community for careers as generalists or sub-specialists,” she added.

Mafraq Hospital’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ali Al Suwaidi, said, “At Mafraq Hospital, we strongly believe that it our responsibility not only to serve the health care needs of the U.A.E. community, but also create a top-notch educational environment to develop its human capital. We are very pleased to attain the international ACGME-I accreditation that recognises the hospital’s high academic standards as well as the patient care that residents of the hospital provide.” The U.A.E. was ranked as the second country in the world to receive the ACGME-I institutional and programme accreditation, which is considered as a milestone in the healthcare sector.

The ACGME-I accreditation is intended to benefit the public, protect the interests of residents, and improve the quality of teaching, learning, research, and professional practice. “Mafraq Hospital is one of a handful of hospitals outside the U.S to have received the highly coveted AGCME-I accreditation. Our goal in this ACGME-I Accreditation journey is to improve both education and patient safety in order to gain the public trust. It also allows our residents to meet international standards and benchmarks the hospital amongst top players in healthcare”, said Dr. Amine Rakab, Chairman of Academic Affairs and Consultant, Internal Medicine at Mafraq Hospital said.

The residency programme covers various specialties that include Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Ophthalmology and Transitional Year.