Five fellowship programs achieved accreditation by the ACGME-I, the international arm of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The 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. The achievement sees Hamad become the first healthcare system outside the US and Singapore to gain accreditation for these fellowship programs.
The joint Hamad and Ministry of Administrative Development National Development Program has been designed to enable Qatari nationals to start their careers with Hamad, and in so doing, support a national priority under the nationalization strategy. Throughout 2016, hundreds of National Development Program candidates joined Hamad and are now working in a variety of administrative roles. They are supported by a bespoke training program, which includes business English, IT and essential core customer service skills. The recently formed National Development Program Outreach Team also provides support for both candidates and line managers.
21 Qatari nurses were part of the second class of graduates from the Leadership for Change program in May 2016. The program, developed by the International Council of Nurses, was launched in Qatar in 2014 and is a partnership between the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Hamad and Primary Health Care Corporation. The program is the only one of its kind in Qatar and is designed to assist nursing and healthcare leaders in the effective management and implementation of strategic and tactical plans. The Leadership for Change program supports Qatari nurses in developing the knowledge and skills needed to meet the current, and future, healthcare challenges facing Qatar.
Our Hamad Dental Center achieved a significant milestone that saw a group of young clinical associates – all Qatari dentists – successfully complete the requirement to be enrolled in the Post Graduate Dental Education fellowship specialty program developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The program, the first of its kind in Qatar, saw the 21 Qatari dentists take the Membership of the College (MFD Part 1 and 2) as an entrance exam in October 2016.
The Health Information and Communications Technology Department, in collaboration with Cerner’s Managed Learning Services, delivered extensive training to staff working with the new Clinical Information System. In the past few years, more than 20,000 end users have received training to support the implementation of the new system and enable staff to effectively utilize the technology. Additionally, the Health Information and Communications Technology department has delivered IT training programs in collaboration with the Human Resources Department and the Ministry of Administrative Development for Qatari nationals within the National Development Program. The training includes basic IT skills courses and enables them to integrate smoothly into Hamad’s workforce.
Hamad earned reaccreditation, with distinction, as a provider for Continuing Professional Development from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC). ANCC accreditation distinguishes organizations that demonstrate quality and excellence in the design and delivery of continuing nursing education. The reaccreditation places Hamad among an elite class of healthcare organizations and demonstrates the importance placed on supporting clinical staff through providing high-quality professional development opportunities. In February 2014, Hamad became the first organization in the GCC, and only the third in the Middle East, to be accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the ANCC. The reaccreditation, with distinction, places Hamad in the top 10 percent of organizations worldwide to receive the honor.