Posted on October 21, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and the Chicago-based Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) teamed up to run a two-and-a-half-day training course on competency-based medical education for healthcare leaders and educators.

The workshop, developed by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development in association with Innovations in Global Health Professions Education (IGHPE), helped the 42 physicians and educators in attendance develop enhanced assessment skills, with sessions on key concepts and theories in professional development and learning, advanced assessment and feedback tools, identifying and remediating struggling learners, apply techniques to improve direct observation.

The course was coordinated jointly by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development, ACGME and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) of Nashville, Tennessee, and was facilitated by IGHPE, a global forum for the presentation and discussion of innovative concepts in health professions education. The visiting expert speakers were Dr. Eric Holmboe, Chief, Research, Milestones Development and Evaluation Officer at the ACGME, Dr. Sandra A. Moutsios, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at VUMC.

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WCM-Q speakers at the event included Dr. Thurayya Arayssi, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development. She said: “Learners rely very heavily on feedback and assessment to attain the competencies they need to eventually provide high-quality care to their patients, so these are very important skills for anyone involved in providing competency-based medical education. We are delighted that our colleagues from the ACGME and Vanderbilt University contributed their wonderful expertise to this highly successful course.”

The other WCM-Q staff and faculty who also spoke at the event were Ms. Deema Al-Sheikhly, Director, Continuing Professional Development, Dr. Amal Khidir, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Amine Rakab, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Assistant Dean for Clinical Learning, and Dr. Sumeja Zahirovic, Assistant Professor of Medicine.

The course was facilitated by a regional Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) training hub established in Qatar as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between WCM-Q and the ACGME, which is the body responsible for accrediting the majority of graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States. Through the MoU, the ACGME and WCM-Q, in alignment with the mission of IGHPE, intend to advance health professions education programs in Qatar and the wider region in order to improve healthcare provision and population health. Members of WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development visited the ACGME’s headquarters Chicago earlier this year to undergo training to enable them to establish the ACGME training hub in Qatar.

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Dr. Eric Holmboe, Chief, Research, Milestones Development and Evaluation Officer at the ACGME, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with WCM-Q to help physician-educators in Qatar and the region meet the very highest standards of excellence in graduate medical education. Given that this was the first event since WCM-Q and ACGME established the training hub here in Doha, it was immensely encouraging that we had so many participants. We look forward to working together to provide many more learning experiences in the future.”

The course was particularly aimed at residency and fellowship program directors, associate program directors, and faculty members with responsibility for the assessment of residents and/or fellows. The event, titled ‘Assessment in Competency Based Medical Education: A Faculty Development Program was accredited locally by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) and internationally by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).