The transition to competency-based pediatric training in the United Arab Emirates

BMC Med Educ. 2015 Apr 1;15:65. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0340-3.


Although competency-based medical education has become the standard for physician training in the West, many developing countries have not yet adopted competency-based training. In 2009 in the United Arab Emirates, the government regulatory and operational authorities for healthcare in Abu Dhabi mandated a wide-scale reform of the emirate's postgraduate residency programs to the competency-based framework of the newly formed Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International (ACGME-I). This article briefly describes the rationale for competency-based medical education and provides an overview of the transition from traditional, time-based residency training to competency-based postgraduate medical education for the Pediatrics residency programs in Abu Dhabi. We will provide data on the initial impact of this transition on resident performance and patient outcomes in a Pediatrics residency program in an academic medical center in the United Arab Emirates.

MeSH terms

  • Competency-Based Education / organization & administration*
  • Curriculum
  • Developing Countries*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Models, Educational
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • United Arab Emirates