From left: Dr Hilal Al Rifai, Director of NICU and Medical Director of Women’s Hospital, HMC, Dr Marcellina Mian, Professor of Paediatrics and Associate Dean for Medical Education, WCMC-Q, Dr Mohamed Said El Tawil, Associate Designated Institutional Official, Graduate Medical Education, HMC, Dr Abdulla Al Kaabi, Dr Mohammad Janahi, Dr Ibrahim Janahi, Dr Denis Geary, SickKids Medical Director, and Dr Ismail Helmi, Assistant Director of Medical Education, HMC.
DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has received accreditation for its Paediatrics Residency Programme by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I).
The accreditation ensures new specialising doctors are trained and equipped with skills and knowledge to provide excellent care by the time they finish their training. It is one of HMC’s graduate medical education programmes seeking individual, advanced speciality accreditation following institutional accreditation of HMC by the council in 2012.
The council is the international arm of ACGME, which is responsible for accrediting majority of graduate medical training programmes for physicians in the US.
Leaders and staff from HMC’s Paediatrics and Medical Education departments and representatives from partners Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar and the HMC/SickKids team gathered at Hajar Auditorium to celebrate the accreditation.
“The Paediatrics Department team led the way many years ago in putting together a curriculum for medical education that was consistent with what ACGME-I will require even before we considered its accreditation. Each member of our team contributed to this success because of their enthusiastic involvement and passion for having a sound, accreditable programme we are all proud of,” said Dr Ibrahim Janahi, Director of the programme. He said the next step is the process of aligning paediatrics fellowships to ACGME-I standards which started last year.
Dr Al Anoud Al Ansari, Chairman of Paediatrics ACGME-I Committee, said the accreditation aims at ensuring the training and graduation of competent physicians who have met international standards, is regularly assessed using valid instruments, and they are trained as professional, humanitarian physicians in a positive learning environment. “Working towards accreditation is part of our efforts to provide the best paediatricians and the best care possible for children,” said Dr Mohammad Janahi, Chairman of HMC’s Paediatrics Department. The Peninsula