Posted on December 26, 2016

Five fellowship programs at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) have achieved accreditation by the ACGME-I, the international arm of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), designed to ensure the high quality of training of doctors in their residency and fellowship years.

This achievement solidifies HMC’s position as an internationally recognized teaching institution and academic medical center and is instrumental in helping to build capacity and capability to support the organization’s future expansion plans.

The five newly accredited fellowship programs are Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology and Oncology. “To achieve this prestigious accreditation, we were required to demonstrate that our fellowship programs met the stringent ACGME-I standards in six areas of medical competency: medical knowledge, clinical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, practice based learning and improvement, system based practice and professionalism,” said Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal (pictured), Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director of Medical Education at HMC.

“The successful accreditation of these five programs demonstrates our commitment at HMC to fostering the best learning environment for our doctors. We recognize the importance of creating such a highly conducive learning environment for improving the care we provide to our patients,” he added. These accreditations are a significant achievement that takes HMC’s subspecialty training programs to a new level. The healthcare organization has also achieved accreditation for 14 of its residency training programs. This new milestone also sees HMC become the first healthcare system outside the United States and Singapore to achieve ACGME-I accreditation for its subspecialty programs.

"A significant amount of work, time and resources went into the preparation of these fellowship programs," explained Dr. Al Khal. “I am proud of the effort and commitment that has gone into them by all faculty members, especially the program directors.” The program directors responsible include: Dr. Awad Al Qahtani for the Cardiology Fellowship; Dr. Sara Darwish for the Endocrinology Fellowship; Dr. Muna Al Maslamani for the Infectious Disease Fellowship; Dr. Omar Fituri for the Nephrology Fellowship and Dr. Salha Bujassoum for the Oncology Fellowship.

The ACGME accredits US-based hospitals and medical centers to ensure the highest standard of training for doctors in their residency and fellowship years. The ACGME-I accredits international hospitals and medical centers using the same rigorous standards. Such accredited training programs are highly renowned because they demonstrate a clear commitment to teaching the principles of professionalism, experiential learning, progressive responsibility, meaningful patient responsibility, team-based education and patient care.