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Medical Education Program for Applicant

In order to ensure safe, effective, ethical and high-quality healthcare in Abu Dhabi, it is important that training programs for licensed healthcare professionals adhere to the highest standards. Over the course of participating in programs, it is essential that students, graduates and licensed healthcare professionals are able to observe and, in some cases, deliver treatment to patients. In order to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for patients and ensure patient safety, participation in training must therefore be subject to appropriate levels of supervision.

For these purposes, the DoH must approve, and regulate the terms of participation and supervision of certain health training programs. Upon completion of training, licensed healthcare professionals should continue receiving professional education so as to ensure they remain up to date with clinical knowledge and best practices in their professions or areas of specialization.

Continuous Medical Education Program

CME/CPD activities accredited by the ME department at the DoH are for the purpose of increasing health professionals’ knowledge, skills, performance and/or patient outcomes, and to assist health professionals with maintenance of relicensure.

Special Conditions

Accreditation systems deemed equivalent to the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH)

There are many acceptable CE accreditation systems throughout the region and the world. The DoH recognizes many of these systems as “equivalent”. Participants in CE accredited by one of these recognized bodies can count the CE for Category 1 credit hours, just as they would if the participants had attended a DoH-accredited event.

The following is a preliminary list of accreditation systems deemed equivalent to the DoH (while this list is mostly for physician organizations – the DoH will consider organizations that accredit pharmacy, nursing or allied health continuing education as well):

UAE-Accepted Accrediting Organizations

Middle East accrediting organizations

  • Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization
  • Saudi Commission for Health Specialties
  • Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman (Directorate General of Education and Training “DGET”)

North American accrediting organizations

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award (AMA-PRA)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • ANCC for nursing
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Maintenance of Competence Program – MOC)
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada

UAE accepted accrediting organizations

  • UAE Ministry of Health
  • Dubai Health Authority
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University

UK, European and International organizations

  • Royal College of Physicians (CPD Approval System)
  • European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Categories of Continuing Education (CE)

There are two “sections” into which professionals can categorize their participation in CE: Category 1 and Category 2.

Category 1 activities:

  • Live activities
    • Active learning
    • International conferences
    • Active Learning module
    • Practice-based Small Group Learning
    • Small Group Learning
  • Evidence-based CE
  • Performance improvement/clinical audit
  • Enduring materials
  • Supervised clinical attachment, accredited Internship,
    residency or Fellowship Program
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Category 2 activities:

  • Conferences, courses, and workshops that has no accreditation.
  • Teaching (undergraduate, postgraduate, or CE).
  • Preparation of papers for publication.
  • Self-learning activities.
  • Reading (books, journals, monographs).
  • Audio and video tapes.
  • CD-ROM and other computer-based programs.
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Last updated: 30 Mar 2023

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