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Int J Appl Basic Med Res. 2019 Apr-Jun;9(2):75-79. doi: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_183_18.

Implementing Resident Research Program to Enhance Physicians Research in the United Arab Emirates.

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Department of Medical Education and Research, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Primary Health Care Sector, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Department of Neurology, Carrick Institute, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.
Department of Neurology, Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in Association with University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
Harvard Medical School-Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, MA, USA.



The Dubai Residency Training Program (DRTP) commenced in the year 1993; then, a "Residency Research Program (RRP)" has implemented from 2011 to promote research among young physicians. This study was conducted by the Dubai Health Authority to review the RRP to assess its effectiveness in meeting original objectives and generating desired outcomes.


Source documents such as the chronicles of the DRTP, communication between the stakeholders, resident feedback, research director, and program director reports were accessed and retrospectively reviewed.


Seven research workshops and ten advanced statistics courses were held. Ten scholarships were provided to the residents for "Introduction to Clinical Research Training" held by Harvard Medical School. Of 370 residents, a total of 156 residents submitted their research proposal, of which 128 residents presented their thesis. Nineteen residents presented their research on international conferences, 12 published their study, and 9 got award locally.


Efforts are focused on improving the quality of the research projects, as well as getting residents involved in research that leads eventually to publication. Research is a major component of DRTP; nevertheless, it is challenging for residents to conduct research successfully because of some barriers inherent in residency training. This experience was the first in the United Arab Emirates, and we believe that this paper will contribute to the integrating research in residency programs by the educators and academics in across countries within the region.


Education; medical; medical residents; middle east; physicians; research; residency training

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