Posted on October 09, 2017

Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) has appointed Professor Ibrahim Janahi as Chair of Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer.

Prof. Janahi, who is the senior attending physician and Division Chief of pediatric pulmonology at Sidra, will now oversee the implementation of all medical education programs in the organization. This includes the coordination of undergraduate and graduate medical training. Prof. Janahi and his team will monitor the Continuous Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of senior medical staff. Such programs are a licensure requirement and are designed to maintain and improve practitioner knowledge, skills and attitude in a manner that assures safe and the most up to date medical practice processes and procedures. Sidra has been acknowledged as an accredited center for these programs by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners.

“Medical education is critical to ensuring the advancement of healthcare for patients and professionals alike. It is also one of the three pillars that form the foundation of Sidra’s mission to provide patient care and biomedical research. Qatar national health strategy is making great strides, and we have a duty to share our knowledge and inspire future healthcare professionals. As an advocate for continuous learning, I am very excited about how we will develop and mentor a new generation of specialist doctors coming out of the country. Ultimately what motivates me is that together, we can help support the progress of healthcare services for women and children,” said Prof. Janahi.

Prof. Janahi will also oversee extended fellowship programs including accredited residency programs from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education - International (ACGMEI), a body directly aligned with ACGME, which is responsible for accrediting the majority of graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States. Commenting on the high profile appointment, Dr. John Ferguson, Chief Medical Officer at Sidra said, “We are honoured to have a distinguished physician of Prof. Janahi’s caliber take on these important roles at Sidra. He brings a wealth of academic and clinical experience. We are confident that under his leadership and guidance, Sidra will continue to build on its academic credibility and go on to attain a reputable standing as premier teaching hospital in the region.”

Sidra recently obtained joint accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), a prestigious accreditation body from the US, designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Prof. Janahi’s remit will focus on cultivating interdisciplinary programs - an effective and efficient way of medical and health practice. Prof. Janahi’s appointment comes at a time of continuous progress at Sidra as it recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar University. This is the second academic partnership for Sidra after Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar.

In addition to his responsibilities at Sidra, Prof. Janahi is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. He attained his board certification with the American Board of Pediatrics, the Board of Pediatric Pulmonology and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health Fellowship (UK). 

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