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Guidelines on a Code of Ethics and Professionalism for Residents Undertaking Postgraduate Medical Education

Tahra Al-Mahmoud, Ali Al-Fazari, Frank Branicki
Published in : Journal of Medical Sciences ; Vol 4, No 3 (2011)
DOI : 10.2174/1996327001104030128


The concept of structured Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and residency training gained widespread support from Emirati regional health authorities and has become a national priority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In cosmopolitan countries, such as the UAE, residents/ trainees are tutored and supervised by trainers from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The roles and responsibilities of trainees are defined, thereby ensuring the appropriateness and safety ofpatient care countrywide in situations where trainees are involved. The aim of this project was to develop guidelines for a Code of Ethics that would govern the conduct and activities of postgraduate trainees in various medical specialties countrywide. Elements of Residency training involving ethics and professionalism highlighted by various international organizations with recognized high ethical standards and the opinions scholars who have published in this field were reviewed and adapted, with preservation of core Islamic values. This document focuses on professional responsibilities in several domains: professional practice standards, professional community standards, research standards, professional relationships with colleagues, physician duties towards society, physician duties towards workplace establishment, the relationships between trainees and industry, reporting responsibilities, and lists of some behaviors that are considered unacceptable. A formal document is now available to all postgraduate trainees (Residents) to emphasize the importance and relevance of ethical considerations and professionalism in PGME with a strong sense of obligation to patients’ best interests.

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