• 11/28/2021

    Medical Residents’ demonstrate medical knowledge level that is in the top 1% of ACGME-I accredited internal medicine residency programs worldwide
    Qatar Board of Medical Specialties Part 1 exam achieves exceptional passing rate of 89.7%

    Doha, 28 November 2021: The Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP) in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the largest residency program in Qatar, comprising 200 residents. It is an ACGME-I (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–International) accredited program that follows the high standards of US and several other accredited international medical residency programs. The Internal Medicine Residents have done immensely well in their recent exams, achieving results in the top 1% of all ACGME-I accredited medical residency programs worldwide.

    The ACGME-I serves to assess the quality of the residents’ education through comprehensive evaluation tools. ACGME-I’s ultimate goal is to provide the best patient care possible by improving the quality of medical practice, teaching, and research. One category of the residents’ assessment tools is the annual In-Training Exam (ITE). This exam is a web-based self-assessment exam to monitor the progress of the residents’ medical knowledge. It is introduced by the American College of Physicians (ACP) through a committee of 11 expert physician-authors. It is modeled after the American Board of Internal Medicine's certification exam and therefore provides an opportunity to compare HMC’s residents to the United States and other international residency programs. 

    Dr. Dabia Al Mohanadi, Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Assistant chair for Education in medicine department at HMC  explained HMC’s internal medical residents demonstrated a high level of medical knowledge, which is in the top 1% of the internal medicine residency programs worldwide that are accredited by ACGME-I. “This year, the ITE was conducted over a period of 3 days (August 27 and 28, and September 3) and we proudly achieved an exceptional score of 99 percentile. This achievement was not easy to reach. It reflects the commitment of our residents, faculty, and directors for continuous improvement to better serve the community.”

    “The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges that the program faced in the last 2 years. Most of our residents were serving in COVID facilities to help care for the Qatari population in different hospitals such as Communicable Disease Center, Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital, Ras Laffan, Mesaieed Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, and the Surgical Specialty Center in Hamad General Hospital. Despite those stressful times and long duty hours, the Residents kept improving their medical knowledge through providing daily patient care while also engaging in active studying from the available medical resources. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our residents for their dedication, hardworking, and achievements. We will do our best to ensure that this success is continuous through the coming years as the population of Qatar deserves to have the best physicians to serve their medical needs,” added Dr. Al Mohanadi.

    Dr. Al Mohanadi explained that Internal Medicine is one of the main specialties a graduating doctor may choose to pursue. “Any patient experiencing a serious medical issue will most likely be cared for by an internal medicine physician. This discipline focuses on diverse medical conditions that involve diseases affecting the internal organs of the human body, including the heart, brain, lungs, liver, gastrointestinal track, and kidneys. Internal medicine doctors, known as internists, specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating chronic diseases while also promoting and supporting ongoing health. These doctors provide a hugely important service to patients and the amazing results they achieved will contribute to excellent patient care delivered by well qualified healthcare professionals.”

    The internal medicine residency program also held its first Qatar Board of Medical Specialties (QBMS) Part 1 exam on September 8. This exam was proposed by the Higher Committee for Medical Specialties in the Ministry of Public Health. The exam consists of two parts, with the last exam being delivered at the end of the residency program. The aim of this exam is to improve the scientific knowledge, competency and performance of physicians. The cohort of Medical Residents had an exceptional passing rate of 89.7% in QBMS part 1 exam which is above the average QBMS passing rate of other residency programs who participated in the exam.