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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2
The Saudi board of internal medicine: The gastroenterology fellowship training program

Chairman of the Committee for Gastroenterology Training in Saudi Council Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Al Karawi MA. The Saudi board of internal medicine: The gastroenterology fellowship training program. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2000;6:1-2

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With the beginning of this year, we witnessed the start of exciting and very important era for our younger colleagues, who had just completed the specialty training in Internal Medicine and seek further higher subspecialty training in gastroenterology. The Saudi Council for Health Specialties has advocated a fellowship training program in gastroenterology starting January 1, 1999. The program is the product of intensive work and preparations by a special committee which was formed for this purpose. The committee represents major health institutions in the Kingdom. Its membership consisted of Dr. Ibrahim N. Al Teimi, Prof. Ibrahim A. Al Mofleh, Dr. Yousef A. Qari, Dr. Mohammed A. Rezeig, Prof. Abdulaziz A. Al Quorain, Dr. Bandar A. Al Knawy and myself:

The program has been reviewed by the Internal Medicine Board and approved by the executive council. The program was also reviewed by Prof. Hussein M. Al Freihi, Professor of Medicine/Gastroenterology, KSU and Secretary General, Saudi Council for Health Specialties. The committee has already visited hospitals wishing to join the training program and accredited some of them. A number of fellows have full filled the strict admission requirements and thus were accepted for the three years training program.

It is known that in the last 30 years, Saudi Arabia has made a rapid development and improvement in health services. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and hepatobiliary system constitute one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the country. Based on this, there is a demand for a national training program to provide the physician with all the necessary skills towards acquisition of qualification in gastroenterology. It is expected that certified trainees shall be capable of managing common gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders in the Kingdom. This will involve admission to an approved and structured Joint Training Program with rotations in different hospitals aiming at maximal utilization of available resources to broaden the contact and exposure basis of the trainees.

   The objectives of the program are as follows: Top

A. General Objectives:

  1. Graduate gastroenterologist with adequate knowledge and skills to cope efficiently with the relevant health problems.
  2. Train candidates to become self-disciplined, self-dependent learners and provide an educational environment that will promote the standard of health care.
  3. Train candidates to perform research and emphasize the research oriented approach to new problems.
  4. Graduate candidates at an internationally acceptable standard.
  5. Train candidates to realize the importance of team approach to medical problems.
  6. Graduate gastroenterologist with appropriate attitude and medical ethics.

B. Specific Objectives:

  1. Acquired solid, scientific knowledge in a field of increasingly complex medical problems in the gastroenterology and hepatobiliary practice in order to make appropriate clinical decisions in the management of these patients.
  2. Gain skills in gastroenterology and hepatobiliary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  3. Understand the sensitivity and specificity, risk­benefits and cost effectiveness of vast diagnostic techniques and therapeutic options.
  4. Acquire skills in organizing and conducting research projects.
  5. Educate and update themselves and colleagues in gastroenterology.
  6. Advice colleagues from other subspecialty in G.E.-related problems.

After successful completion of 3 years training the fellow will have to pass a final written and clinical examination. Successful candidates will be awarded the "Saudi Certificate of Specialization in Gastroenterology"

In the name of Saudi Council and all members of the committee, I wish all colleagues joining the program greatest benefit, fruitful training and all success, so that they can serve Allah almighty through excellent service to their patients.

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed A Al Karawi
Chairman of the Committee for Gastroenterology Training in Saudi Council Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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