Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates University’s (UAEU) National Institute for Health Specialties (NIHS) hosted the first “UAE Conference for Medical Education.”
The Accreditation Council for American Graduate Medical Education (ACGME-i) and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are working together to organize the event.
The conference was attended by Mr. Hussain Al-Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health and Vice Chairman of NIHS Emirati Board of Directors, Prof. Ghaleb Al Breiki, UAEU Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Aws Al-Shamsan, Secretary General of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Dr. Mohammed Al Houqani, NIHS Secretary General, Deans of Medicine from universities across the country, and representatives from the UAE’s health sector, government, and medical education organizations.
Dr. Ghanim Al Hassani, SEHA Director of Academic Affairs said, “SEHA pays great attention to medical education to ensure that we progress in line with the vision of the UAE’s leadership that the UAE should be at the forefront in all fields, including medical education. Our challenge is to keep pace with remarkable acceleration of development and innovation in the global health sector. Medical education and scientific research must now embrace technology, the delivery of hybrid training programs, simulated learning, the use of educational robots, and fields of increasingly specialised precision. The field of medical education is the basis for providing optimal healthcare to the community.”
Three working sessions on clinical competence in the medical education sectors, the definition of criteria and activities for professional development, and strategies for health professionals to create pedagogical practice were all part of the conference.