Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ASMS)(ISSN: 2582-0931)

Research Article Volume 6 Issue 1

Improving Research Training Using Assignments for Family Medicine Residents in Saudi Arabia

Mostafa Kofi1*, Saad Albattal1, Ghada Alarfaj1, Abood Al Abood1, Abdelaziz Mansour Bin Alrasheed1, Tarek Elsaid1, Maha Moharram1, Lamiaa Fiala2 and Ayman Afifi1

1Family and Community Medicine Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Mostafa Kofi, Professor, Family and Community Medicine Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Received: November 01, 2021; Published: December 09, 2021


Setting: The family medicine training program at PSMMC in Riyadh is a major program with many years of experience in graduating residents of family medicine residency programs. The program is approved by the SCFHS. An average of 20-30 residents graduates each year from SCFHS's training program. Residents in the Saudi family medicine program must complete research training as part of their residency training. However, Residents' feedback emphasized the need for a change in the way research methods are taught. For this reason, assignment-based research training was designed to replace lecture-based training and to improve the research training experience.

Methods: A Qualitative study in which a focus group of eight residents was included before and after implementation of research training change to assignment based.

Results: Before implementation, there was an agreement that research training was considered a burden on residents and not a priority. Careless attitude was common among residents towards performance in the research requirement. There is an improved in commitment and seince of ownership for research after implementation of assignment-based research activities

Conclusion: The use of assignment-based training in research training was effective in changing the perception of the residents towards research training as a requirement from the SCFHS.

Keywords: Research Training; Residents; Family Medicine


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Citation: Mostafa Kofi., et al. “Improving Research Training Using Assignments for Family Medicine Residents in Saudi Arabia". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 6.1 (2022): 82-87.


Copyright: © 2022 Mostafa Kofi., et al.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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