Yousef Almuhanna, MD. University of Ottawa
Kuwait’s general surgery residency program is one of the oldest and most challenging training programs in Kuwait, running for over 25 years. The program had went through several evolutionary modifications throughout the years to match the dynamic changes that occur globally in the field. The program managed to establish residents committee where residents are actively involved in decision making of the program through their chief resident. Another major change was creating a position of site chiefs, where they can monitor and follow residents progress in each hospital. They are also taking an active role in relocating residents in case adequate exposure becomes a challenge. The program started by accepting 4 residents per year, however capacity went up to 10 5 years ago. On the other hand, Kuwait has 1 school of medicine, 1 university hospital, and 5 other general hospitals. Plastic surgery, transplant surgery, paediatric surgery, and neurosurgery have their own centres.
Kuwait Institution for Medical Specialization, the body that runs the program, have recently been accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. The program was also affiliated by the American College of Surgeons though Kuwait Chapter. We aspire, by our solid and strong affiliations, to achieve international standards of training, and eventually, creating opportunity of international training.
Our focus is on the recently established surgical foundations body, that is run by a distinguished North American graduate qualified in medical education. The aim is to incorporate Competency Based Medical Education and the designated Entrustable Professional Activity in our training. Our vision entails certain exposures in certain hospitals: trauma, acute care, bariatrics, abdominal wall reconstruction, and hepatobiliary surgeries. Feedback will be bidirectional, to ensure the progress of both trainees and and supervisors. A logbook would be provided to each resident, and what we found is quite similar to the Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination. We aspire to issue the resident’s wellbeing, by applying mentorship. Each and every resident will have a mentor, and that would help them get through to reach their target. Annual review courses and exams in associated with The American College of Surgeons In-training examination and Canadian Associated of General Surgery. We will also incorporate Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma, Advanced Trauma Operative Management, and Advanced Surgical Skill for Exposure in Trauma courses into our rapidly growing program.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 96030
Program Number: P385
Presentation Session: Poster Session (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster