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Medical Education FAQs

General Inquiries

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. It is basically designed to enhance health professionals’ knowledge and skills which eventually will reflect on better health services provided.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is basically designed to enhance health professionals’ preference, which is eventually will reflect on better patients or public services or health system. It also helps health professionals to maintain a high level of professional competence.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) basically is purposed to improve health professional performance in his/her practice, and thus enhance the care that patients receive. Beside the benefits of acquiring new knowledge / skills, participating in CPD: 

  • Helps you to identify your individual learning needs and plan where you require additional knowledge and skills
  • Means you have taken responsibility for life-long learning, development and career advancement
  • Supports the basic principles and obligations of your chosen profession
  • Demonstrates to patients, peers and the public that you are taking appropriate steps to maintain and increase your level of competence


No, you can’t renew your license if you didn’t obtain the minimum amount of hours.

Activities under Formal Activity comprise formal learning opportunities provided by recognized educational institutions or professional bodies, which are accredited by DOH or any other recognized body. These activities are structured and generally entitle the participants to claim 1 credit hour for every hour of educational activity. Activities within Non – Formal Activity are essentially of a self-learning nature, and should be beneficial to the practice. Many of the activities that fall within Non – Formal Activity may be less structured from the viewpoint of learning than those in Formal Activity. Activities in Non – Formal Activity would (in general) entitle the participant to claim 1 Non – Formal Activity credit hour for every hour of participation.

All accredited CPD activities would have a credit value assigned to them and indicated clearly in the certificates of attendance. Participation in programs organized by accredited institutions abroad could be considered for recognition by DOH.

Many local providers of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (including the DOH) will attempt to provide a wide variety of CPD activities; however it is not always possible to meet specific needs, given such a diverse population of thousands of health professionals!
If you have a specific learning need, we would recommend that you search for a topic that is of particular interest to you (which would be eligible for credits in Non – Formal Activity) and then share that knowledge with others through a series of accredited lectures or workshops (eligible for Formal Activity credits).

It is possible that you reach and exceed the total hours required within 1 year cycle. However, you still need to engage in appropriate CPD activities every year during the balance period in the 1 or 2 year cycle, and show evidence of it when requested. The goal of DOH Program is maintenance of professional competence through continuing education that covers the whole year, therefore it is recommended that for a 2 year period the CPD hours must be distributed to cover the 2 years cycle, collecting credit hours is only an indicator but not its primary aim which is “To update HPs Knowledge and skills”.

Yes – let's say for example you want to give a 60-minute lecture on "Optimal Patient Care in Minimally Invasive Surgery". You would earn 2 credit hours from Formal Activity (accredited). Once you developed the presentation (based on the learning needs of your audience and using specific learning objectives), you could submit it for accreditation by DOH. Assuming the event was accredited for 1 credit hour, you would earn 2 credit hours as the faculty member providing the one hour lecture.
Speakers may be awarded two (2) DOH Formal Activity credit hours for each credit hour they present at an accredited, live activity with a maximum of 10 credits per year Speakers may not claim simultaneous credit as participants in sessions at which they present; however, they may claim participant credit for other sessions they attend at an accredited live activity.

  • All healthcare professionals, regardless of their area of practice in all health facilities are mandated to undertake BLS & ILS (Basic and Immediate life support) courses. Credit hours designated to this course are not counted towards the CME/CPD minimum requirements
  • Staff members who provide direct care and services and other staff identified by the hospital to directly communicate with the referred or ICU patients are annually trained in Basic Life Support, International Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support ( BLS, ITLS & ACLS), Pediatric Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support (PLS or PALS, and ATLS) certification according to the direct care provided
  • Staff members are recertified every two years

Everyone will start from a different perspective – CPD is a very personal journey – you are best qualified to assess your own learning needs as well as your individual learning style. However, the following questions might be a good place to start:

  • Is the activity essential or important to my professional practice?
  • Is the activity related to a career aspiration that I have?
  • Is the activity accredited (a minimum requirement exists for each professional group related to accredited CPD)
  • What learning materials and methods do I find most useful? Lectures – workshops -books, etc.? Do I prefer to learn alone or in groups where I exchange information?
  • Is this activity within my resources – time, budget, etc.? If not, is there another way that I can access this information?
  • Does this appear to be a quality activity? Are the organizers experienced as providers of CPD? Is the location easily accessible?
  • Does this represent “new learning” for me that is clearly related to my profession and my specialty – that will provide me with original ideas that I can incorporate into my practice with a goal of improving patient care?

Discontinuity of Practice

Healthcare professionals who have an interruption of clinical practice exceeding two (2) years and opting to be licensed in the UAE must follow the CPD requirements below.

  • All CPD credits must be related to practice specialty of the healthcare professional, and according to the CPD specific requirements of the authorities.
  • All applicants are required to complete a clinical training program which shall be determined by the relevant regulatory authority in the specialty field.
  • All clinical training programs shall be carried out in an approved practice setting by the Authorities.
  • All applicants after completion of CPD credits and clinical training program are required to pass the authorities licensure assessment to obtain the license to practice.

Gap of practice is when you are out of practice (in your specific field) for more than two years.

The list of Approved Practice Setting is updated monthly kindly contact mead@doh.gov.ae to receive the updated list.

If you have gap of practice, you should apply for e-licensing system, the licensing department will review the application and will decide the training and CPD requirement.
For information on how to apply for e-licensing system, please contact hplicensing@doh.gov.ae

When you receive the comment from licensing that you need training, apply to the Approved Practice Setting directly
 After completing the training, please send an email to mead@doh.gov.ae with the following:
  • Training Certificate
  • CPD certificates
  • Comment from the e-licensing system

The End of Training certificate will be issued and returned to the applicant via email.

  • Check last day of experience
  • 50% of the total hours will be category one and the other 50% hours can be either category one or category two

You can’t obtain a license to practice if you didn’t complete the required hours.

Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi

All residency training programs coordinated through Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi are fully accredited by the International bodies which are recognized certification. Most of the Abu Dhabi residency programs are also ACGME-I accredited, which is the international arm of the American residency accreditation organization.

The length of the program is determined by the Specialization Board and is depending on the specialty of training. Most programs are between 4-5 years in duration.

Supporting documents will not be screened until received electronically through the official on-line application form. However, The Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi eligibility criteria apply to all applicants and should be considered carefully prior to application.

If changing specialties, you are required to apply to Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi and will undergo the same process as all other Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi applicants. If matched, you will commence residency in your new specialty as a first year resident (applicable for UAE nationals ONLY).

If it is a minor difference only (one or two letter difference) then you are not required to submit a name change document. However our team will review this issue on a case to case basis. If there is a total name change, you must attach an official name change document.

You must have this translated at a legal translation office. We only accept certificates in Arabic or English.

The graduation year is your final year of medical school (as indicated in your transcript) which may be different from the year you receive your certificate. Internship will be recognized by Department of Health if the internship training started post the final exam date.

No. Non UAE National applicants must have successfully completed medical school within five years of the current Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi cycle. In other words, the last academic year at Medical school (Excluding Internship) should be within five years of the current Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi cycle.

Yes. However, please note all applicants must satisfy the criteria set for the program prior to application irrespective of their employment status.

Yes. The residency entrance examination is different from the DOH medical practitioner examination. All applicants are required to pass the residency entrance examination.

Yes, you are still required to fill a new Medical Education program in Abu Dhabi application; however, payment may be waived if no additional verification is required.

Yes. Applicants are free to apply to any of the Emirates. This will not affect their individual chances of acceptance in each Emirate. However, before final match publication, applicants who have been accepted in more than one Emirate will be contacted by the corresponding authorities to indicate their final decision of ONE placement.

No. Applicants are not required to submit authenticated copies of documents. Photocopies of required documents will suffice. The verification company will verify all the supporting documents.

A certificate of good standing is a document of evidence that the doctor is fit to practice and has not been subject to disciplinary orders or criminal proceedings. It is usually issued from licensing authorities. This is required for applicants who have ever held a medical license anywhere in the world.

Only eligible applicants and those approved by Medical Education Department and program directors will be allowed to book interviews.

Interviews are an opportunity for the applicant to know more about the facility and program they are interested in. It is also a chance for the program directors to determine if the applicants are suitable and meet selection criteria as set for their programs. Interview content can range from questions regarding medical knowledge to questions pertaining to applicant character.

All matched residents will be issued a resident/medical practitioner license. This is different from the traditional medical practitioner license and cannot be used outside residency training.

No. This license is only issued for medical residents and will not be valid upon leaving/completing residency training.

No, if matched to residency, you will be contacted by DOH to initiate steps towards change of license to medical resident.

You do not need a good standing certificate since you are already licensed under DOH. However, if you hold other licenses (outside of DOH) you must provide good standing certificates for those licenses.

All applicants, program directors, and teaching facilities will be informed of final resident allocations. This list will also be published on the DOH website.


CME provider should be:

  • DOH licensed facility as Medical Center/Primary Healthcare/Diagnostic Center/Rehabilitation Center/Hospital OR
  • Training facility with Abu Dhabi DED that include one of the activities
    (6499010, 7220007, 8211008, 8522006, 8530001, 8530002, 8530003, 8530004, 8530005, 8549036, 8549037, 8549039, 8549042, 8549053, 8550001, 8550002, 8550003, 8810002, 8890005, 8890006)

To start the application go to Tamm Portal

In order to gain DOH accreditation, all activities must meet the following criteria:

TIME Activities must be no less than 60 minutes in duration
NEED Activities must meet an identified learning need(s) amongst those likely to participate (i.e., the target audience)
PLANNING Activities must be planned and developed in such a way to maximize input from those in the field of expertise and those from the target audience
ACCESS Activities must be advertised well in advance and encourage widespread participation amongst the target audience
PURPOSE Activities must have a specifically defined purpose including learning objectives, which are clearly identified and communicated
PARTICIPANT INVOLVEMENT Activities must allocate no less than 25% of the total time for interactive learning (e.g., audience participation, questions and answers, etc.)
ASSESSMENT AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Activities must have a comprehensive evaluation on format, venue, content, relevance, speaker(s), contribution to learning, etc. The evaluation must be tabulated and the results used to improve future activities
DOCUMENTATION Activities must have a formalized method of documenting and tracking participant attendance so that confirmation can be provided to participants
SPONSORSHIP Activities with sponsorship or financial assistance (e.g., industry funding) must be managed (i.e., content, format, choice of speakers, etc.) by a planning body of professionals from the field of expertise and from the target audience. Advertising of the sponsor’s specific products on written materials associated with the activity is not permitted.
  • Log in to TAMM account
  • Click on “Medical Education and Examination” Dashboard.
  • Click on “New Request”
  • Search for “Participate to a Medical Program”

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Last updated: 23 Jul 2024

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