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Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) made a major step forward in May 2016, when it successfully obtained accreditation by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties to serve as a training center for five programs: Pathology, Pharmacy, Emergency Services, Anesthesia and Family Medicine. Currently, very few private health care organizations in Saudi Arabia are accredited as training centers. The JHAH model offers a unique and evidence-based medical care model and exposure to consultant-based patient care.

“Residency is post graduate level medical training for a licensed physician who is interested in obtaining advanced training in a particular specialization,” said Dr. Abdulrazzak Amir, Head of the Office of Clinical Affairs and Nephrology Consultant. “Prior to the rigorous evaluation conducted by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, a team at JHAH looked deeply at our capabilities and determined it was best to apply for five specializations: Pathology, Pharmacy, Emergency Services, Anesthesia and Family Medicine.”

“The role of primary care is critical to the wellbeing of the population and plays a central role in the care of an aging population”
Dr. Abdulrazzak Amir

Enhancing Medical Specialization at JHAH

A decades old dream has been realized as JHAH began its Medical Residency program to train Saudi Arabia’s next generation of physicians. This milestone was reached in October when the first 18 Saudi medical residents began training at JHAH. This program positions JHAH as a medical education institution in Saudi Arabia and is a key component of its vision to advance health professionals in the Kingdom.

“The role of primary care is critical to the wellbeing of the population and plays a central role in the care of an aging population,” said Dr. Amir. “We are very pleased to have all five programs accredited but are particularly pleased with the Family Medicine accreditation as there is a critical need for family medicine practitioners in Saudi Arabia.”

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