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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-54

Evaluation of continuing medical education in Al-Qasim, Saudi Arabia

1 Regional Medical Education and Research Center, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
2 Al-Qassim Health Affairs, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Omer A Al-Yahia
Regional Medical Education and Research Center, P.O. Box 2290, Buraidah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23008672

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Objective : To evaluate CME activities in Al-Qassim region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Methods : A study using a pre-structured questionnaire was conducted in Al-Qassim, targeting physicians working in the hospitals. The survey was conducted in two phases. The first phase was conducted at the inception of the department of professional education and the second one year later. Questionnaires were given to a sample of physicians working in the hospitals. Results : Mean CME hours in the region increased from 5.5(±5.9) to 14.2(±19.7), p=0.0001. 50% said that the CME should be presented differently. There was a need for regular courses (61%), departmental and bedside activities (52%) and visiting speakers (45%). Only 47% of the physicians were using the Internet. Conclusion : There is a need to shift from credit counting to a process that can yield professional development through practical courses and departmental activities. The use of the Internet in CME activities should be encouraged.

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