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On their first day of the 4 year program, Faisal Al-Hajji COO & JHAH Family Medicine Residency Executive Sponsor welcomes the 14 residents.

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) welcomed 14 incoming residents to its newly established four-year, Family Medicine Residency Program. During a welcome ceremony in the Dhahran Health Center, Faisal Al-Hajji, chief operating officer (COO) and the executive sponsor for program, stated, “For us to achieve our ambitious mission and vision, we must strive to be a leading teaching institute in the kingdom, while maintaining our core identity as a stand-alone healthcare entity, committed to providing the best quality care and patient experience. Our Family Residency is a key step in that objective.”

Dr. Hadi Al Enazy, JHAH Family Medicine Residency Program director, commented that, “JHAH is providing state of the art teaching modalities, including simulation and small group problem-based learning, with these methods and having the highest number of certified trainers in the area, JHAH is seen as the hub of family medicine training and the preferred training site by many residents”. There are 240 Family Medicine trainers within Saudi Arabia (those who can supervise and teach residents in Family Medicine as per the Saudi Board rules and regulations), JHAH alone has 50 potential trainers, which could represent around 20% of the nation’s capacity.

“JHAH has the largest capacity in the kingdom for training family physicians. The 14 incoming residents are only the first wave of JHAH’s contribution to the Vision 2030 and healthcare reform, these future family physicians will have a significant impact on the lives of our people,” Dr. Enazy added.

In the healthcare sector, residency training programs improve the productivity and quality of care in hospitals. JHAH is a center of learning and committed to support knowledge transfer. The majority of first tier healthcare facilities, both in the kingdom and internationally, are act as teaching institutions. Currently, few private healthcare organizations in Saudi Arabia are accredited as training centers. In May 2016, JHAH was accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties to serve as a training center for five residency programs: Pathology, Pharmacy, Emergency Services, Anesthesia and Family Medicine.

Dr. Hadi Al Enazy, JHAH Family Medicine Residency Program director, and Dr. Saeed Al-Qahtani, Chief of Primary Care, tour Suite 6 in the Primary Care Building at JHAH with the 14 residents.

“Primary care is critical to the wellbeing of the population and it plays a central role in providing comprehensive care”, stated Dr. Abdulrazack Amir, head of the Office of Clinical Affairs and Nephrology consultant. “There is a critical need for family medicine practitioners in Saudi Arabia and family medicine is the corner stone of 2030 Saudi Healthcare Reform.”

In addition to the 14 Family Medicine residents, JHAH also welcomed 21 residents to its other programs. Follow @JHAHNews on Twitter to see more about the residency programs and behind the scenes stories from the young residents.