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JHAH a leader in family medicine training

There are currently 240 family medicine trainers within Saudi Arabia (those who can supervise and teach residents in family medicine as per the Saudi Board rules and regulations) and of these, 50 potential trainers work with Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) – representing around 20 percent of the nation’s capacity.

Dr. Hadi Al Enazy, director of JHAH’s Family Medicine Residency Program, explains: “JHAH is providing state-of-the-art teaching modalities, including simulation and small group problem-based learning. With these methods, and having the highest number of certified trainers in the area, JHAH is seen as the hub of family medicine training and the preferred training site of many residents, with the largest capacity in the Kingdom for training family physicians.”

He adds: “JHAH’s contribution to the Vision 2030 and healthcare reform started with 14 residents. These future family physicians will have a significant impact on the lives of our people.”

Improving productivity and quality of care

In the healthcare sector, residency training programs improve the productivity and quality of care in hospitals. JHAH is a center of learning and committed to supporting knowledge transfer.

The majority of first-tier healthcare facilities, both in the Kingdom and internationally, act as teaching institutions. Currently, few private healthcare organizations in Saudi Arabia are accredited as training centers. In May 2016, JHAH was accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties to serve as a training center for five residency programs: Pathology, Pharmacy, Emergency Services, Anesthesia and Family Medicine.

“Primary care is critical to the wellbeing of the population, and it plays a central role in providing comprehensive care,” says Dr. Abdulrazack Amir, head of the Office of Clinical Affairs, and a nephrology consultant. “There is a critical need for family medicine practitioners in Saudi Arabia, and family medicine is the cornerstone of the 2030 Saudi healthcare reform.”

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