Experts support education plan for doctors

DUBAI — Medical experts have expressed support for the Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme, a government scheme aimed to professionally groom medical practitioners and provide patients with better and safer healthcare services.

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Published: Thu 16 Aug 2007, 8:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:55 AM

“Mandatory continuing education for all health care professionals should no longer be debated,” said Dr Raymond Hamden, Director, Human Relations Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village.

Hamden said that health education authorities, citing public interest, have realised that medical professionals have to keep themselves abreast of the latest methods in disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, in order to serve their patients well and minimise malpractices. Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are now required to meet a target number of CME hours each year before renewing their licences.

According to the government mandate, physicians under the jurisdiction of Health Authority — Abu Dhabi will have to complete 50 hours of CME per year. Dubai’s Department of Health and Medical Services (DoHMS), on the other hand, obliges doctors to complete an annual CME of 50 hours, 20 hours of which must be in their respective specialised field.

Numerous healthcare education initiatives and events are being organised to facilitate the need for doctors to earn CME hours, which are issued by the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME).

The Abu Dhabi Medical Congress, scheduled from September 2-4 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, is yet another initiative to provide medical practitioners with additional opportunities to learn about the latest in healthcare industry and earn up to 20 CME hours to continue excelling in their fields of practice. The Congress is supported by the UAE Ministry of Health, the Health Authority — Abu Dhabi, and Dubai’s DoHMS.

Dr Mara van de Putte, a general physician at Health Call located at Dubai Healthcare City, said obtaining a certain amount of CME accreditation is an ‘obligation’ of doctors in order to further their medical knowledge and raise the standard of healthcare in the UAE.

“CME is a very important way to maintain and improve medical and scientific knowledge, and I am happy to see that it is becoming mandatory for all doctors in the UAE,” de Putte said.

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