Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours, which are a condition for medical and technical cadres to ensure their efficiency and promotion will not be accredited by federal health authorities unless they were endorsed by a special panel, ...

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Wed 7 Dec 2005, 1:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:10 PM

said a senior health official. “Hospitals will not have their CME programme prepared for their staff accredited unless they are approved by a special central committee,” said Dr Abdul Ghaffar Abdul Ghaffor, Assistant Under-Secretary for Curative Medicine Department at the ministry.

The official explained that the move aims at ensuring that the medical and technical cadres carry out their responsibilities more effectively and efficiently. A circular to that effect has been distributed among hospital directors, he said. He said a central committee has been set up to oversee activities of Continuous Medical Education programmes adopted by hospitals for the medical cadre.

“A central committee on CME has been formed, under the chairmanship of Dr Subash Jutam, Head of Surgery Section, at Al Fujairah Hospital, to supervise CME programmes provided at hospitals affiliated to the federal health authority,” said Dr Abdul Ghaffor. He said a three-member sub-committee on CME should be set up at each hospital and chaired by a doctor to coordinate with the central CME committee for regulating CME programme activities that hospitals need.

“Hospitals will have access to other instructions required by the ministry via ‘Policies and procedures on CME’ manual for 2005."

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