Posted on March 18, 2015

Senior leaders and researchers from across Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) gathered on 12 March for Annual Residents and Fellows Research Day. The event showcased the research being conducted by residents and fellows within HMC’s various training groups.

The day provided an opportunity for young researchers to present their published papers and be formally recognized for their work. The event opened with presentations from Dr. Wanis Ibrahim, Chairman of the Annual Residents and Fellows Research Day Steering Committee, and Professor Ibrahim Janahi, Executive Director of HMC’s Medical Research Center (MRC).

Dr. Ibrahim highlighted the importance of the day: “This was a wonderful celebration of the research work undertaken by residents and fellows at HMC. We want to encourage and nurture our researchers by teaching them the appropriate skills for planning research projects, applying for grants and conducting research. The Annual Residents and Fellows Research Day provided the research community at HMC with the opportunity to come together and share their knowledge and experience.”

HMC celebrates Annual Residents 2 [].jpgPrior to the event, residents and fellows were invited to submit original research papers, case reports, conference posters and quality projects for five award categories. All submissions were assessed against agreed criteria, including: the research paper must have received approval from the MRC or Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the researcher had to be a current resident or fellow at HMC or PHCC, and only original published research, case reports and conference abstracts within the last five years were admissible. Five winning projects were announced on the day for four different categories, including: Best Case Report, Best Original Research, Best Poster Presentation, and Best Quality Project.

Research plays a valuable role at HMC in delivering high-quality healthcare to patients. Prof. Janahi explained: “Research is important in creating the evidence base that can be used to drive forward changes in clinical practice to improve outcomes for our patients. Research is a central part of HMC’s academic health vision, combining with education and training, to deliver excellent clinical care. It is very encouraging to witness the strength and depth of research expertise of our residents and fellows as showcased at the event.”