Ministry of Health holds workshop to stimulate private sector’s engagement in the training of interns

  • Ministry’s workshop brings together private hospitals and medical universities.
  • Ministry to expand local and international partnerships, in bid to boost the capacities of interns.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention has organized a special workshop to introduce private hospitals and medical universities to the terms and conditions of being accredited as official training providers able to qualify interns to become professional general practitioners (GP).

The workshop staged by the Training and Development Centre, Sharjah, is part of the ministry’s initiatives seeking to advance the role played by the private hospitals and medical universities in developing the UAE’s health sector and training medical cadres, according to the latest medical practices in the world.

Present at the workshop were Hospital directors and training officials from Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital, Umm Al Quwain, University Hospital Sharjah, Al Sharq Hospital, Fujairah, Medcare Hospital, Zulekha Hospital, Sharjah, Gulf Medical University, Al Zahra Hospital, Sheikh Khalifa Speciality Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine.

Accreditation: terms & conditions

Saqr Al Humairi, Director of the Training and Development Centre, said: “We aim, through this workshop, to engage private sector hospitals and medical universities in achieving the national health goals set by our wise leadership, which are meant to develop healthcare services across all specialties.”

During the event, Al Humairi outlined the terms and conditions established by the ministry to recognize medical institutions as official training providers to human medicine and dentistry interns.

“The Ministry of Health is very keen to upgrade the professional skills of its cadres, especially those graduating from Emirati academic institutions, in cooperation with private health facilities. We are conducting training programs according to a strategic plan that focuses on producing well-trained GPs capable of performing their duties to the fullest” Al Humairi added.

Expanding partnerships

Al Humairi concluded by saying: “We are looking forward to expanding our local and international partnerships and adopting globally approved training programs that improve the capabilities of our medical and technical cadres. Within four years only, we have made a significant difference and noticeable achievements that contributed to developing the quality of healthcare services and the professionalism of medical cadres “.

A dialogue session was held on the sidelines of the workshop, discussing challenges facing medical training in the private and public sector and possible solutions. The session also touched on the role need to be played by private health bodies.

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